Eruption in Katla is not a matter of if, but when, says Kristín Jónsdóttir, earthquake hazards coordinator, at the Icelandic met office. Last night two quakes larger than four hit Mýrdalsjökull glacier and there is still seismic activity in the glacier.
The largest tremors in Mýrdalsjökull last night were 4,6 and 4,5. These are the largest quakes in the glacier in decades. Katla, the volcano, is under the glacier, Mýrdalsjökull. It is one of the biggest volcanos in Iceland. It last erupted in 1918.
„On average the time between eruptions is 50 years but now the volcano hasn‘t erupted in 98 years,“ Kristín said. „There will be an eruption, it‘s only a question of when.“
„We cannot forget that Katla is a very active volcano. If we look back in history there have been sixteen known eruptions in the volcano since settlement in the country,“ Kristín said in Síðdegisútvarpið, a radio program, at Rás 2 today.
Kirstín says that Katla will be closely watched around the clock. She says there is ice on top of the volcano so there will be a few hours before the volcano bursts through the ice so people can be warned in time.