Hekla Volcano

August 29, 2013 by  

Hekla Volcano, Hekla is one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, erupting four times since 1970 at a rate of about once every 10 years. The 1,491-meter (4,892-foot) mountain last erupted on Feb. 26, 2000, but scientists fear it could be getting ready for its next explosion.
Icelandic Civil Defense, together with the police in Hvolsvollur, declared a “civil protection state of uncertainty” Tuesday due to a spike in seismic activity in the area. The Icelandic Met Office also raised the alert level for air traffic around Hekla to yellow, meaning the volcano has shown volatile activity.

A “state of uncertainty” is standard procedure in Iceland to ensure a smooth flow of information among scientists, government officials and emergency teams.

“The change from green to yellow is a precautionary step,” the Icelandic Met Office said. “To date, there are no observable signs that an eruption of Hekla is imminent.”

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