Not by Fire but by Ice
THE NEXT ICE AGE - NOW!
Discover What Killed the Dinosaurs . . . and Why it Could Soon Kill Us
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Ten to 20 times more powerful than last
Red hot magma melted a hole in the 650-foot (200 meter-) thick ice above the volcano, and floodwaters gushed out of the glacier into lowland areas.
Rivers rose by up to 10 feet (3 meters), threatening to sweep away bridges in their paths.
Officials said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than the one last month, and much more violent.
The volcano, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Reykjavik, last erupted on March 20 after almost 200 years of silence.
Yesterday's eruption raises fears that it could trigger an eruption at the nearby Katla volcano, "a vicious volcano that could cause both local and global damage."
After Iceland's Laki volcano erupted in 1783, crop production fell in western Europe. Some link that eruption, which helped fuel famine, to the French Revolution.
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