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Island's Öræfajökull volcano possibly awakening

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Europe   The Icelandic Met Office received reports

Recent satellite images reveal that a new, one-kilometre wide caldera has emerged in Öræfajökull glacier, South Iceland, following increased geothermal activity in the area, Iceland Review reports.

Earlier this week, the Icelandic Met Office received reports of a sulphur-odour in the area, which was later confirmed by the police. Such an odour usually indicates geothermal activity.

Geothermal water appears to have leaked slowly from beneath the caldera in the vicinity of Kvíárjökull glacier but most of it has probably already come out.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for Öræfajökull, which indicates that the volcano is showing more activity than normal.

According to Bryndís Ýr Gísladóttir at the Icelandic Met Office, this is done due to the fact that there isn’t enough information on the volcano as of yet.

“We issued a yellow warning for security reasons because we actually don’t know that much about Öræfajökull glacier nor how it behaves because its last eruption occurred in 1727, and 1362 before that.”

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