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eruption unlikely, say experts
Geothermal heat, not an eruption, may be culprit
9 Jul 11 - As a massive flood poured out of Iceland’s Myrdalsjoekull glacier today, experts said a large blast was unlikely.
The giant flood took out a 128-meter-long bridge and part of the main road that circles Iceland and prompted fears of an eruption at Katla, known to be one of Iceland’s most powerful volcanoes.
But experts said geothermal heat, and not an eruption, might be the culprit behind the flow of meltwater.
“This doesn’t seem to be the large eruption that people have been waiting for at Katla,” said Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland.
Katla, said to be 10 times more powerful than Eyjafjoell, last erupted in 1918, sending a wall of meltwater down the glacier, bearing ice chunks the size of houses, and blanketing southern Iceland in thick ash.
According to other experts, Katla is overdue for a powerful blast.
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