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    http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2010...afjallajokull/

    Volcanic Eyjafjallaj÷kull, in Southern Iceland, is reported to be erupting. According to the police in Selfoss, evacuation from adjacent farms has commenced. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has received reports of volcanic blaze in the glacier but no major earthquake activities have been recorded as of yet.


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    REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) -- State of emergency declared, evacuations ordered after Eyjafjallaj÷kull Volcano erupts in southern Iceland, the Icelandic Civil Defense says.

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    • #3
      Oh my, I thought your keys got stuck for a minute there Zero.....I dare ya to try and pronounce that...

      Seriously, I hope folks got evacuated in time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cocopea9052 View Post
        Oh my, I thought your keys got stuck for a minute there Zero.....I dare ya to try and pronounce that...
        Yeah, I wondered if that was a typo when I first saw the name. I wonder how it's pronounced...

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          It says no earthquakes were recorded yet, I didn't know a volcano could trigger a earthquake though....

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            Originally posted by cocopea9052 View Post
            It says no earthquakes were recorded yet, I didn't know a volcano could trigger a earthquake though....
            I was thinking the same thing and I found this: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/hazards/primer/eq.html

            Earthquakes related to volcanic activity may produce hazards which include ground cracks, ground deformation, and damage to manmade structures. There are two general categories of earthquakes that can occur at a volcano: volcano-tectonic earthquakes and long period earthquakes.

            Earthquakes produced by stress changes in solid rock due to the injection or withdrawal of magma (molton rock) are called volcano-tectonic earthquakes (Chouet, 1993). These earthquakes can cause land to subside and can produce large ground cracks. These earthquakes can occur as rock is moving to fill in spaces where magma is no longer present. Volcano-tectonic earthquakes don't indicate that the volcano will be erupting but can occur at anytime.

            The second category of volcanic earthquakes are long period earthquakes which are produced by the injection of magma into surrounding rock. These earthquakes are a result of pressure changes during the unsteady transport of the magma. When magma injection is sustained a lot of earthquakes are produced (Chouet, 1993). This type of activity indicates that a volcano is about to erupt. Scientists use seismographs to record the signal from these earthquakes. This signal is known as volcanic tremor.

            People living near an erupting volcano are very aware of volcanic earthquakes. Their houses will shake and windows rattle from the numerous earthquakes that occur each day before and during a volcanic eruption. Residents in Pompeii felt earthquakes daily before Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79 but continued to go about their daily routines (Francis, 1993). When Mount Pinatubo in the Philipines erupted in 1991, nerves were rattled as much as windows by volcanic earthquakes.

            Earthquakes exhibiting volcanic tremor warn of an impending eruption so that people can be evacuated to areas of safety. The volcanic tremor signal has been used successfully to predict the 1980 eruptions Mount St. Helens and the 1991 eruption of Pinatubo. Volcano-tectonic earthquakes can cause damage to manmade structures and landsliding. To prevent damage from being done, structures should be built according to earthquake standards, building foundations should be constructed on firm ground and not unconsolidated material which may amplify earthquake intensity, and buildings should be constructed on stable slopes in areas of low hazard potential.

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              State of emergency declared after Icelandic volcano erupts, first since 1823 - http://wireupdate.com/wires/2419/sta...st-since-1823/

              REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) -- A state of emergency was declared on Sunday after the Eyjafjallaj÷kull volcano erupted in southern Iceland, the Icelandic Civil Defense said.

              It said the surrounding area is being evacuated and that Red Cross shelters are being set up. Ash is falling down in nearby towns.

              It is the first eruption of the volcano since 1823.

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                Oh, okay, pretty much like how they watch seismic activity to monitor Yellowstone. You know with all the focus on earthquakes at ground and sea level, I actually forgot about the association with volcano's....my brain just can't retain it all anymore, so I just relearned something new today, thanks!

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                  Originally posted by cocopea9052 View Post
                  Oh, okay, pretty much like how they watch seismic activity to monitor Yellowstone. You know with all the focus on earthquakes at ground and sea level, I actually forgot about the association with volcano's....my brain just can't retain it all anymore, so I just relearned something new today, thanks!
                  Volcanoes really haven't crossed my mind either in regards to association with earthquakes. Pretty interesting.

                  No problem.

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                  • #10
                    Live TV station from Iceland, covering the eruption and has an image of it off in the distance (different language of course, but if anyone is interested..): http://dagskra.ruv.is/sjonvarpid/

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                      Updated - Hundreds evacuated after Icelandic volcano erupts, first since 1823 - http://wireupdate.com/wires/2420/hun...st-since-1823/

                      REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) -- A state of emergency was declared and evacuations were ordered after the Eyjafjallaj÷kull volcano in southern Iceland erupted on early Sunday, the Icelandic Civil Defense said.

                      The eruption of Eyjafjallaj÷kull, which is located north of the small village of Skˇgar and is covered by a large icecap, began around midnight local time. The Icelandic Civil Defense confirmed the volcano was erupting and national television channels showed live images of a bright light over the area.

                      The civil defense said a regional state of emergency has been declared and advised people to monitor reports. Volcanic ash was falling down in FljˇtshlÝ­.

                      Because the eruption could melt the ice on top of the volcano, evacuations have been ordered for the surrounding area. Those around FljˇtshlÝ­ and west of Markarfljˇt are told to evacuate to Hvolsvallar and Hella, while residents of Skˇgar are told to evacuate to Vik. Other residents in the region are told to evacuate to Skßlakot. Red Cross shelters are being set up.

                      The eruption is a rare event and is the first since 1823.

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                      • #12
                        Praying hard for their safety!!!

                        What a name???????
                        The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.... Living for Jesus - Listening for the Trumpet

                        :snoopy

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                          Updated - Hundreds evacuated after Icelandic volcano erupts, first since 1823 - http://wireupdate.com/wires/2421/hun...-since-1823-2/

                          REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) -- A state of emergency was declared and evacuations were ordered after the Eyjafjallaj÷kull volcano in southern Iceland erupted on early Sunday, the Icelandic Civil Defense said.

                          The eruption of the Eyjafjallaj÷kull volcano, which is located north of the small village of Skˇgar and is covered by a large icecap, began close to midnight local time. The Icelandic Civil Defense confirmed the volcano was erupting and national television channels showed live images of a bright light over the area.

                          The civil defense said a regional state of emergency has been declared and advised people to monitor reports. Volcanic ash was falling down in FljˇtshlÝ­.

                          Because the eruption could melt the ice on top of the volcano and cause flooding, evacuations have been ordered for the surrounding area. Those around FljˇtshlÝ­ and west of Markarfljˇt are told to evacuate to Hvolsvallar and Hella, while residents of Skˇgar are told to evacuate to Vik. Other residents in the region are told to evacuate to Skßlakot. Red Cross shelters are being set up.

                          The eruption is the first since 1823 and follows weeks of increased seismic activity, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. It said most of the small earthquakes were located about 4 to 10 kilometers deep.

                          The Icelandic Meteorological Office said it detected a slight increase of seismic acticity at three seismic stations next to Eyjafjallaj÷kull at about 10.30 p.m. local time on Saturday. Around the same time, it received the first reports that an eruption could be underway.

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                            REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) -- Airport official says KeflavÝk International Airport in Iceland has been closed due to volcano eruption, says two Iceland-bound U.S. flights diverted to Boston.

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