The Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn shows strong signs that the eruption could occur in the coming weeks or months, the Icelandic volcano observation center reports.
The last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2011 and it was a large and powerful eruption of level VEI 4. The average eruption frequency over the past 100 years is 1 eruption in 10 years.
The Civil Defense Science Council met for a teleconference Wednesday, June 10, 2020, due to earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula and recent measurements in Grimsvotne.
The results were presented on June 15, and everything indicates a possible eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in the coming weeks or months.
According to Melissa Ann Preffer, atmospheric IMO volcanologist, high levels of igneous gases are present in the southwestern corner of the volcano, not far from where it erupted in 2004 and 2011.
In addition, the Volcano is experiencing inflation, indicating an increase in magma.
Scientists suggest that the eruption may occur in the coming weeks or months.