A second volcanic eruption in a month in southern Iceland has triggered fears that a much larger volcano in the same region could be about to blow.
Plumes of smoke and white steam rising up to eight kilometres into the air could be seen as scientists spotted a new fissure close to the first eruption in March..
The current volcanic activity is under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, but nearby is the much larger and more active Katla volcano.
Geophysicist, Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said:
“We have evidence showing that when we have an eruption in Eyjafjallajokull that means there is going to be a bigger one in Katla before too long.”
Even the smaller eruptions have caused wide spread flooding as the glacier melts.
While the first two eruptions happened in normally dormant volcanoes, Katla has a reputation for erupting every 40-80 years.
Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir urged people to remain calm:
“I think the nation should have faith in our emergency response personnel who are doing their very best to co-ordinate their efforts and minimise any damage.”
Last night 700 people were being looked after in temporary shelters after having been evacuated from their flood threatened homes.