March 22, 2010 — It has been two centuries since a volcanic eruption happpened in Iceland, but the one that occurred late last night at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and located near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier — the fifth largest glacier in Iceland — was a doozy. Molten lava and ash shot into the air, putting Iceland into a state of emergency even though no injuries or damage were reported. A number of fights were cancelled for fear of volcanic ash that was airborne.
According to the AP, the biggest fear now is that another volcano could erupt because of the incident from Eyjafjallajokull volcano — and that if it does it will turn into a worse case scenario.
Scientists interviewed by the Associated Press said that the Karla volcano, ‘which lies under the thick Myrdalsjokull icecap….threatens massive flooding and explosive blasts if it erupts.’
Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Science, told the Associated Press, ‘One of the possible scenarios we’re looking at is that this small eruption could bring about something bigger. This said, we can’t speculate on when that could happen,”
Volcanic eruptions have been a big part of the history of Iceland where some of the world’s best experts on such acts of nature are on hand to watch, warn and assist.
As for travel to Iceland, the AP reports that flights from the U.S. — departing from Seattle, Boston and Orlando, Florida — were due later today in the capital of Reykjavik. One Boston flight was sent back as a precaution.
More on the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption as it becomes available.
IF YOU GO: From Los Angeles, CA to Reykjavik, Iceland: One-stop and multi-stop flights are available on American, United, Alaska Air, Icelandair, and many other airlines out of Los Angeles International Airport to Reykjavik with fares starting at $1706 round trip with 14-days advance notice. For more choices, check out airline sites directly or visit sites such as www.kayak.com or www.sidestep.com for detailed flight and fare information.