The Hekla volcano in Iceland ready to erupt, the Telegraph reports. Helka was dubbed the “gateway to hell” by Icelanders in the middle ages, and is close to -the volcano whose ash clouds shut down European air space for the longest amount of time since World War II.
University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson told the Telegraph that while a blast is not necessarily eminent, the conditions are right for the next eruption. Helka has erupted about once a decade for the last 50 years, and its last real eruption was on February 26, 2000.
Depending on if Helka spews mostly ash rather than lava, the conditions could be right for another closure of European air space. The April 2010 explosion cost airlines over $1.7 billion dollars, according to the BBC.
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