I read about it a few days ago- very interesting and potentially alarming. And it might put some perspective on just how big (or not... ) man's effect on climate change is.
Can't do one thing about it but pray.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the country's largest glacier after a week of seismic activity rattled the area with thousands of earthquakes, the country's Meteorological Office said.
The eruption prompted Iceland to raise its aviation alert level to red - the highest level on a five-point scale - indicating the threat of "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere."
Seismic data indicates that magma from the volcano is melting ice beneath the Dyngjujokull icecap on the Vatnajokull glacier, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said.
She said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt through the ice - which is between 100 and 400 meters (330 feet and 1,300 feet) thick - and send steam and ash into the air. She said it could take up to a day for the ice to melt - or the eruption might remain contained beneath Europe's largest glacier.
She said the amount of ash produced by the new eruption would depend on the thickness of the ice.
"The thicker the ice, the more water there is, the more explosive it will be and the more ash-rich the eruption will be," she said.
We were in Iceland exactly a year ago this time. Very unique place. We actually descended down into the hole of one of the volcanoes... it was fun.
The glacier was impressive, too. Pictures don't do it justice...