Ex­perts scram­ble to mon­i­tor long-dor­mant Ice­land vol­cano

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD -

At the sum­mit of one of Ice­land’s most dan­ger­ous vol­ca­noes, a 22me­tre (72-foot) de­pres­sion in the snow, is the only vis­i­ble sign of an alarm­ing de­vel­op­ment. The Orae-fa­jokull vol­cano, dor­mant since its last erup­tion in 1727-1728, has seen a re­cent in­crease in seis­mic ac­tiv­ity and geo­ther­mal wa­ter leak­age that has wor­ried sci­en­tists. With the snow hole on Ice­land’s high­est peak deep­en­ing 45 cen­time­tres each day, author­i­ties have raised the vol­cano’s alert safety code to yel­low. Ex­perts at Ice­land’s Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Of­fice have de­tected 160 earth­quakes in the re­gion in the past week alone as they step up their mon­i­tor­ing of the vol­cano. .

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