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The gods are livid

More ash on the way according to the Times:
Iceland is preparing for an even more powerful and potentially destructive volcano ...
"Eyjafjallajokull has blown three times in the past thousand years... in 920AD, in 1612 and between 1821 and 1823. Each time it set off Katla."

Never heard of Katla but...
"It is thought that Katla is the source of the Vedde Ash (more than 6 to 7 cubic kilometers (1.4 to 1.7 cu mi) of tephra dated to 10,600 years BP found at a number of sites including Norway, Scotland and North Atlantic cores...At the peak of the 1755 eruption the flood discharge has been estimated at 200,000–400,000 m³/s; for comparison, the combined average discharge of the Amazon, Mississippi, Nile, and Yangtze rivers is about 266,000 m³/s."

There are some terrific pics linked from this metafilter post, showing the eruption surrounded by lightening flashes.
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