Anyone was paying attention to the news in 2010 will recall the Icelandic volcano eruption that caused air travel in Europe to come to a literal standstill.
Newscasts and newspapers around the globe lead with the enormous story that had tremendous economic, geologic and meteorological fallouts.
Plus it was juicy piece of news that had incredible pictures.
I sure won’t soon forget the images of people marooned at airports or those dramatic shots of the huge ash cloud. And it’s always fun to watch non-native Icelanders try to pronounce the volcano’s lengthy name—Eyjafjallajökull. Here’s a video with a crash course in Icelandic 101.
But a recent study will soon be raising some eyebrows that Eyjafjallajökull might be just getting started.
According to a group of researchers from the UK and US, they’ve tracked down past eruptions fromIceland’s volcanoes by looking at peat and lake sediments around northern Europe.
What did they find? Icelandic volcano ash clouds drifting across Europe isn’t anything new. But, in the past 1,500 years the events seem to happen more frequently.
It’s important to note that the researchers are not positive if the increase in volcanic activity is a result of more eruptions or just an anomaly in the way the geologic record appears in Europe.
Here’s a link to the article published in Geology so you can look it over at your leisure. It’s an interesting finding, but hopefully one that doesn’t turn out to be true, especially if you’ve got a European vacation scheduled in the next few years!
This post was written by RDuns on August 13, 2011