Iceland’s largest volcano could be about to erupt following a ‘series of tremors’, according to reports.
The 6,591ft Bardarbunga is a ‘stratovolcano’, located under Vatnajökull – Iceland’s most extensive glacier, standing at 2,009 metres (6,591 ft) above sea level.
Páll Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland said pressure in the volcanoes magma chamber is ‘increasing’.
An Icelandic volcano eruption caused major disruption to travel in 2010:
The earthquakes, measuring 3.9, 3.2 and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the region last weekend, signifying magma could be building up below the surface.
Mr Einarsson said tremors mean Bardarbunga is ‘clearly preparing for its next eruption’ which he expects will take place ‘in the next few years’ and could create an ash cloud, causing travel problems, report the Daily Mail.
This follows 2010’s eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, which caused major travel disruption, leaving more than 10 million air passengers stranded as a result of the substantial ash cloud, costing the European economy an estimated £4 billion ($4.9 billion), according to the Mail.
A similar scenario could take place if Bardarbunga, one of Iceland’s 130 volcanoes, were to erupt.