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Jun 23, 2009
I was in Iceland in September (absolutely fantastic country btw - visit now before the Krona starts rising again!) Apparantly there are 20 active volcanoes in Iceland, and the biggest of them all, Hekla, erupts on average every ten years. The last time it erupted? 2000.

I wonder why the last eruption caused so much disruption to air travel but other eruptions have not done so? Perhaps it was the direction of the winds, but most winds in Icleand are south-easterly. Perhaps the eruption was particularly large? I dont know.


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Nov 15, 2006
So it will be bye-bye to flying again for many weeks to come.


A geophysics professor from the University of Iceland has warned people not to travel up Hekla volcano in South Iceland as it could erupt at any moment.

As reported by Icelandic news website visir.is (link in Icelandic), Hekla erupted regularly ever ten years or so from 1970 to 2000 – but has now been silent for sixteen years.

According to Professor Páll Einarsson, pressure readings within the famous volcano are now higher than before the last two previous eruptions – meaning it could blow with little warning.

Iceland Monitor: Hekla volcano “ready to blow”

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