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.