Iceland's Volcanic Rumblings Threaten Air Travel Delays
August 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM
Ever since the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland led to air travel becoming extremely volcano-vigilant, passengers have purchased transatlantic tickets with the silent prayer of "please don't let a volcano ruin this." That prayer may soon prove fruitless, however, as big ash problems may once again be on the way.
Seismologists aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the recent rumblings over in Iceland, with travelers tuned to the news for the first signs of any ash cloud. There was a pair of earthquakes—greater than 5.0—and both struck near the area in and around the country’s Bardarbunga volcano. As a result, the country bumped its aviation alert up to red, but after a period of calm we’re back to an orange level.
We’re hardly out of the woods here though, as it seems that lava is already entering the volcano; however, it hasn’t been enough to break through the ice covering the top of it—Vatnajökull glacier.
Even with the alert level down a bit, the Icelandic Meteorological Office still thinks an eruption could take place sooner than later. We'll keep our eyes and ears on the situation, of course, but travel insurance doesn't seem like such a rip-off right now.