Iceland Volcano Katla Could Disastrously Erupt Very Soon

katla volcanoThere's a volcano in Iceland that's about to vomit up lava and dust. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it's true. Scientists are seriously monitoring Katla, an active volcano near the southwestern tip of Iceland that's been rumbling up a storm. They've recorded a bunch of small earthquakes around her base, which is a sign that an eruption could be imminent. And Katla's due for one, too. The last time she blew her lid was in 1918, and officials say it's really only a matter of time before she lets loose again. And when she does, it's going to be a big deal. Huge.

Remember that Icelandic volcano that erupted last year, sending an ash cloud into the sky that grounded planes all over the world and cost the aviation business $2 billion? Yeah, that will be nothing compared to what Katla's about to do.

She's about to bloooow!

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The last time she erupted, her dust cloud blocked the sun for over a month and killed livestock and crops, and melted ice, which caused massive and destructive flooding. Clearly, she's something to keep an eye on. Heck, let's keep two or ten eyes on this bitch because lord knows Iceland is in for a world of trouble when she blows her lid.

Which is why nearby towns have been given an evacuation plan. There's less than an hour to get the hell out of dodge once Katla starts to erupt, so it's imperative residents know how and when to stop, drop, and leave. For those of you reading this from your homes on the icy island nation, first of all, hallo, and second of all, are you scared? How are you preparing?

For those of us who aren't Icelandic, Katla's eruption could possibly cause an airline or two to fail. It's not likely, but it's not impossible, either. Last year's eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (don't make me type that again) downed planes that had engines that couldn't handle flying through dust. I can still picture those images of Europeans stranded in New York's JFK airport for days and days when their flights were cancelled last year ... and that dust cloud is supposedly going to be no big deal compared to the kind of dust cloud Katla will produce.

It's a waiting game now, and Iceland's used to it. They know it's a matter of when, not if, and they'll continue to chill until the day comes when Katla loses her shit. The rumblings are a sign that it could happen soon, so the day could be here sooner rather than later. Eek.

Were you affected when Eyjafjallajokull erupted? Do you think Katla will blow soon?

 

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