Will another volcano eruption cause more damage to flight schedules and to business revenues in Europe and throughout the world? President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland has issued a warning that the Katla volcano may erupt, reports the Mirror. He has worries that “if the second volcano, Katla, blows, it could have devastating consequences worldwide.”
If the Katla volcano erupts in Iceland it may be even more disruptive to air travel than that caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Scientists are watching Katla closely. There is a good chance it may soon erupt. In the past three eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull, Katla soon erupted too, reports the Huffington Post.
It is not yet known if the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is done erupting yet. The 1821 eruption of this volcano was ongoing for about 13 months, notes the Detroit Free Press.
The Katla volcano is located just 12 miles east from Eyjafjallajokull. Scientists note that Katla is overdue for an eruption. This volcano typically erupts every 80 years. Its most recent eruption was in 1918. If Katla erupts it could cause climate changes throughout much of the world.
The Katla volcano is covered by a huge glacier named Myrdalsjokull. If Katla erupts a mix of lava and icy cold water from the glacier could cause blasts that would make ash explode to high altitudes. The Detroit Free Press notes that “A Katla eruption would be 10 times longer and shoot higher and larger plumes of ash than its smaller neighbor.”
USA Today reports that when Katla exploded in the 1700s it caused a frigid winter in America, according to Gary Hufford, a scientist with the Alaska Region of the National Weather Services. He stated that “The Mississippi River froze just north of New Orleans, and the East Coast, especially New England, had an extremely cold winter.”
Mother Nature controls the planet more than we humans like to think. We can make plans; however, ultimately if Mother Nature deems it time to present some spectacular force of nature, any human plans are tossed aside at the whim of the weather or the volcano.
Since the time of Pompeii, humans have known that a volcano may steal lives and may destroy entire regions. Let’s hope that Iceland has a quiet period without any upcoming volcano eruptions. Weary travelers and financially stressed airlines and businesses need some time to recoup.