Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ice in Iceland begins to melt


REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Torrents of water are pouring from a glacier that sits atop Iceland's most active volcano, an indication that the mountain is growing hotter and may be about to erupt, scientists said Monday.
The flood that began Thursday at the Grimsvotn volcano is similar to one in 2004 that lasted five days and ended with an eruption that disrupted European air traffic, University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said.

I find it interesting that the ice begins to melt without a seismic signal.  But this is probably due to the fact that the volcano is very isolated and under a lot of ice.  That means they probably can't pick up any earthquake under an M3.  If somehow they had borehole seismometers right at the site, I'm sure there would be a lot of 1's and 2's.

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