Planet Gore

Re: Mother Nature, Serial Polluter (Cont.)

I guess Gaia doesn’t care that much about glacier melt:

Besides beautiful pictures, the under-ice eruption of an Iceland volcano is causing major water flow, as the volcano is topped by a fast melting glacier making the evacuation of 800 residents in the area necessary.

According to AP the second eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, located 75 miles east of Reykjavik, started Wednesday right after a neighboring vent was dying out.

The 656-foot thick ice covering the top of this second vent was making the eruption 10 to 20 times more powerful than the first one on March 20, after nearly 200 years of silence. The melting ice flowed into local rivers, raising concern of flooding.

“The volcano is quite steep, so the floodwater comes down rather powerfully in a short time,” said geophysicist Einarsson, National Geographic reported.

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