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Saturday, February 12

Just when we'd learned to spell to 'Bárdarbunga'

Further to my February 9 post, Just when we'd learned to spell 'Eyjafjallajokull', and which opened with a quote from the (U.K.) Daily Mail that "Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano on the island looks set to erupt, threatening to spew-out a blanket of dust that would dwarf last year's eruption" -- the scientist quoted in the report was a little put out by what he said was a botched translation of his words. From IceNews February 10:
Iceland volcano professor hits back at eruption scare stories

The Icelandic geophysicist, Professor Pall Einarsson, whose words have caused something of an international volcano scare, says he is dumbfounded by how much his message has changed in translation. Pall Einarsson was interviewed by Icelandic broadcaster RUV in Icelandic about a series of earthquakes in the highlands.The interview was then translated and used by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, among others. Since then the message has morphed out of all recognition, Einarsson says.

“It is really strange how this news came into existence. I wasn’t even warning of a likely eruption at Bardarbunga [in the interview],” he told IceNews. “The things I emphasised in my interview with RUV’s Bjorn Malmqvist were that the earthquakes at Bardarbunga and Kistufell last week are not unusual, there are often movements there, and sometimes much bigger than this.

“In the long-term, we can see an increase in earthquake intensity at Bardarbunga. But it is still a lot less than between 1974 and 1996.

“And finally that Bardarbunga is an active volcano and could of course prove dangerous, which is why there is always reason to monitor it closely; which is why we do,” Einarsson explains.
Okay but does that mean this part of the interview the Mail reported on was also lost in translation?
Mr Einarsson told the country's national TV station 'RC:v' that a low number of seismometer measuring devices in the area is making it more difficult to determine the scale and likely outcome of the current shifts.

But he said there was 'every reason to worry' as the sustained earthquake tremors to the north-east of the remote volcano range are the strongest recorded in recent times and there was 'no doubt' the lava was rising.

The geologist complained that the lack of coverage from measuring devices means he cannot accurately detect the depth and exact location of the increased number of localised earth movements. ...
Or does that mean Iceland's government is ticked off that he complained to a TV station about not having enough equipment to monitor what's potentially a very dangerous volcano?

Anyoo, let's make sure this man has all the seismometers he needs plus spares. I think that's the takeaway point with the secondary one being that we should check in with IceNews every week or so.


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