An increase in seismic activity in the area around Bardarbunga – Iceland’s second largest volcano – is providing “good reason to worry [about a possible eruption],” Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, told RUV. The story was then picked up by international media, including Britain’s Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail; both of which have understandably sensationalised the story, geologists agree. As British newspapers come from a no-longer-volcanic island, it is natural that they should assume that a new Icelandic eruption would rival or surpass Eyjafjallajokull for causing travel chaos — and even more natural that their readers should agree. But in reality, there is often the risk of a volcano in Iceland and tourists sometimes visit the country without even noticing that an eruption is taking place. During last year’s eruption, IceNews spoke to Ari Trausti Gudmundsson, one of Iceland’s most respected geologists and today we asked for his reaction to the latest news: “It is extremely sensationalised,” he said. “Way too much drama, and some of it just straightforward wrong.” In response to increasing international speculation last night, the Icelandic Meteorological Office released a statement reiterating that there is no new volcanic eruption and… Read full this story
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