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Scientists Can’t Agree On Bárðarbunga Eruption

Published August 22, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Scientist have been busy interpreting the newest data from Bárðarbunga but cannot seem to agree on what precisely the data indicates, reports Vísir.

Kristín Vogfjörð, Director of Research at the Icelandic Met Office believes that based on her interpretations of the GPS data, the pressure is receding and the likelihood of eruption is minimising.

Meanwhile, Ingi Þorleifur Bjarnason, a research scholar with the Insitute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland interprets the data differently, believing that the pressure is increasing and that the volcano is rising in preparation for eruption.

Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, geophysicist and professor at the University of Iceland has said that really, it could go either way.

“There is definitely a chance that this will end with an eruption, the likelihood of that has not changed,” said Magnús Tumi.  “You could say that the longer this [eruption delay] goes on the chances of an eruption will go up. But I believe that there is no more a chance that an eruption will happen than it won’t. Nobody really knows.”


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