Mon­i­tor­ing up at dan­ger vol­cano

Western Mail - - NEWS -

SCI­EN­TISTS have ex­pressed con­cern about an in­crease in seis­mic ac­tiv­ity at one of Ice­land’s most dan­ger­ous vol­ca­noes.

The Orae­fa­jokull vol­cano, dor­mant since its last erup­tion in 1727-1728, has seen a re­cent rise in seis­mic ac­tiv­ity and geo­ther­mal wa­ter leak­age that has wor­ried sci­en­tists.

With a 72ft snow hole on Ice­land’s high­est peak deep­en­ing 18in 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.

The earth­quakes are mostly small but their sheer num­ber is ex­cep­tion­ally high.

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