Reykjavik (Iceland), July 7: Geologists are monitoring unusual activity on one of Iceland’s most feared Volcanoes, which is likely to erupt anytime, raising fears of a new ash cloud over Europe.
The Helko Volcano, which was dubbed the ‘Gateway to Hell’ in the Middle Ages, is capable of producing four times the debris of the country’s last ash-producing eruption in May.
Scientists have recorded ‘unusual’ magma movement beneath the Hekla Volcano in Iceland, prompting fears it could soon erupt, The Daily Mail reports.
“No eruption has started in Hekla Volcano, but it might start without any warning,” Icelandic Volcano expert Jon Frimann was quoted, as saying.
“Nobody seems to know what is going on with this magma moments for the moment. What is interesting is that fact that no earthquakes appear during this magma movements, there is also no harmonic tremor when the magma is moving around in the crust close to Hekla Volcano,” he added.
Geologists say the mountain has been slowly expanding over the last few years because of magma build up. Authorities have now issued a statement saying that visitors should exercise caution near the Volcano, a popular spot for outdoor activities.
Lava and ash from the Volcano in case of an eruption are also expected to disrupt flights operating over Iceland.
The Volcano is situated about 70 miles east of Iceland capital, Reykjavik.(ANI)