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Friday, September 12, 2014

Iceland’s Bardabunga volcano threatens to blow

Prophecy Sign:  Increase in earthquake/volcanic activity

You probably haven't heard much in the news about this Icelandic volcano that continues to bubble away, (Justin Beiber was once again in the news and the world really needs to know what that spoiled brat kid is up to).  Well as it turns out, sources on the ground in Iceland are gravely concerned that the entire caldera might just collapse inside the volcano, (it has dropped by some 20 metres - 60 feet - over the last few days).  Should this happen it would dump millions of cubic metres of glacial ice on top of white hot magma setting off major floods and a huge eruption of ash that would likely shut down the skies over Europe.

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8 NIV

Iceland’s Bardabunga volcano threatens to blow
Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano continues to rumble, threatening to blow its top and throw tonnes of ash into the atmosphere like the Eyjafjallajökull volcano did in 2010. This time, however, scientists will be tracking the volcano minute by minute with an array of instruments that they hope will allow them to predict any impending eruption and give early warning of the dangers. Bardarbunga has been at “code red” twice since it started erupting on August 29th last blasting molten rock 100 metres into the air. The question is will it be an explosive release that could cloud the skies over Europe with ash, said Prof Simon Redfern, professor in Earth sciences at the University of Cambridge. “There is no sign of that happening yet.”

"Gravely concerned" about Bardarbunga
Increased subsidence in the caldera of Bardarbunga volcano is a cause for grave concern, due to possible large eruption and glacial flood, says Vidir Reynisson, director of the Civil Protection Agency in Iceland. The subsidence is thought to increase the likelihood of an eruption in Bardarbunga. An ongoing lava eruption, which started on August 31, is located on a fissure at Holuhraun, an ice-free lava field north of Bardarbunga. Magma has been propagating from underneath the volcano, towards the eruption, causing subsidence and strong earthquakes in the floor of the Bardarbunga caldera. The subsidence observed since last week is now up to about 20 metres, says Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland´s Institute of Earth Sciences.
He notes three possible scenarios regarding Bardarbunga. Firstly that the seismic activity, and the Holuhraun eruption, dies down slowly. A second scenario would see the subsidence continue, as well as the Holuhraun eruption, or even another eruption starting nearby.  "But the third scenario is that the subsidence in the floor of the caldera causes an eruption within Bardarbunga. Such an eruption could melt a large volume of glacial ice, and could end up as a powerful explosive eruption, with ashfall," says Dr. Gudmundsson. "The meltwater would perhaps not be released immediately, due to the contour of the caldera, but eventually it would come out as a powerful flood. Obviously, we are worried about this possibility." 

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