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Volcano continues to threaten Penn State-UCF game in Ireland

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano AP

Earlier this week it was reported that a volcano 900 miles away in Iceland could have an impact on the Penn State-UCF football game in Ireland.  Specifically, an eruption and the ensuing ash cloud could prevent the two teams from traveling to the Emerald Isle as air travel would be restricted or downright shutdown.

While the volcano has yet to full erupt, it’s threatening to.

In the latest development, it appears that sub-glacial eruptions have already taken place.  From the Associated Press:

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.

As of right now, Iceland’s Civil Protection Department said, “[a]ll airports are open and flights are on schedule.” How long that remains the case depends on whether there’s a full-blown eruption. The AP wrote that “it could take up to a day for the ice to melt,” meaning a cloud of ash and steam could still be released into the atmosphere, “or the eruption might remain contained beneath Europe’s largest glacier.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel, UCF is planning on sending its equipment to Ireland at some point today, while the team and accompanying personnel will travel to the island Tuesday. The school told the Sentinel that while it “is aware of the eruption in Iceland and is monitoring the situation… they are working with their travel agency and have no plans to alter their travel schedule.”

And, if you’re interested in a live look at the volcano in question, click HERE.

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14 Responses to “Volcano continues to threaten Penn State-UCF game in Ireland”
  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 23, 2014 1:26 PM

    If the volcano erupts and the Little 14 rep Penn States game gets canceled does anyone care? I know I don’t

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 23, 2014 1:33 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:
    B1G fans don’t really care what a troll thinks!
    P.S. I answered you on the Wisc/LSU posting.

  3. John Taylor says: Aug 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    @brownsmakemecrazy: I’ve watched and let this go on long enough, probably waaay too long. Your act is getting old, tired and played out. Cease and desist this one-trick pony spit. You’ve been warned.

  4. HotHotHeat says: Aug 23, 2014 1:46 PM

    John – if the game gets cancelled do you think they reschedule it? Doesn’t look like UCF and PSU have the same bye weeks.

  5. John Taylor says: Aug 23, 2014 2:03 PM

    @HotHotHeat: First, well-played on the user name.

    Secondly, I’ve reached out to both schools asking them what their Plan B is should it be necessary. Their only response is that their only intention is to play the game in Ireland as scheduled. They won’t even address the “what if,” at least publicly.

    And, honestly, I don’t know what they’d do. The best thing would be, if the volcano is going to indeed erupt, for it to erupt now and give them time for alternate arrangements. What would the alternate arrangements entail? I have no clue.

  6. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:11 PM

    Maybe they could play in November? PSU can’t go to a bowl so it wouldn’t be a problem for them. UCF is a decent team and will probably receive a bowl bid, but could still squeeze in the game.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    Opps! I meant to say after November.

  8. scoochpooch says: Aug 23, 2014 2:26 PM

    Double Forfeit.

  9. psudrozz says: Aug 23, 2014 3:03 PM

    reschedule to hawaii. no volcanoes there

  10. HotHotHeat says: Aug 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    Thanks for the response.

  11. jec332 says: Aug 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    Maybe we should cancel it. I mean, I’d hate for our guys to have to breath in that dirty air during the game. Penn State already has to go to New Jersey to play RU. The lungs can only take so much nasty air.

  12. jec332 says: Aug 23, 2014 5:54 PM

    *breathe

    Anyway, let’s go Penn State!

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 23, 2014 10:22 PM

    Hey John Taylor:

    Go F yourself loser.

  14. watchfullhose says: Aug 24, 2014 11:05 PM

    ^Can we get this jamoke banned yet?

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