Iceland Volcano Erupts, 800 People Evacuated

April 14, 2010

Iceland (ChattahBox) – A volcano in Iceland has erupted from underneath a glacier, causing an evacuation of 800 people living in the region.

Evacuations began at 2:00 AM local time, as the first signs of the eruption began.

Scientists were able to locate the source of the eruption, underneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier.

While emergency services were able to get everyone out of the area without incident, and lava is not a major concern, there is some fear over the possibility of flooding.

“The volcano is under the glacier and it’s melting parts of the glacier. The rivers will rise and potentially make some damage,” Rognvaldur Olafsson, the chief inspector of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said.

According to a map of seismic activity around the glacier, earthquakes of between a 1 and 2 magnitude were recorded shortly before the eruption.



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