Katla is reportedly showing “highly hazardous” signs it will blow soon, researchers have warned. And if it does, it could spell chaos for Europe’s air travel industry. In 2010, another Icelandic volcano – Eyjafjallajökull – erupted, spitting plumed of ash and smoke high into the atmosphere. It caused such poor visibility in the sky that for six days, planes in western and northern Europe were canceled.
Icelandic and British volcanologists now believe there is a real risk something similar could happen again. Experts have said Katla, which is Icelandic for “kettle”, is overdue an explosion. A recent report published in the Geophysical Research Letters states the volcano is emitting anywhere between 12 and 24 kilotons of carbon dioxide every day. This indicates an eruption could be on the horizon. READ MORE