09 Jul '11, 6pm

Another Iceland volcano stirs, causing flooding

REYKJAVIK : A massive flood of meltwater poured out of Iceland's Myrdalsjokull glacier Saturday, raising fears of an eruption from the powerful Katla volcano underneath, but experts said a large blast was unlikely. "At around 3:00 am (0300 GMT) ... we had a glacial meltwater runoff from underneath the glacier," Evgenia Ilyinskaya, a volcanologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told AFP. The giant flood took out a bridge and part of the main road that circles Iceland and prompted evacuations, but there were no reports of injuries. The flooding sparked fears of an eruption at Katla, known to be one of Iceland's most powerful volcanoes and located just southeast of Eyjafjoell, notorious for last year's flight-halting gigantic ash cloud. But experts said geothermal heat, and not an eruption, might be the culprit behind the flow of meltwater. "There is always meltwater...

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