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Iceland: Massive Volcanic Eruption Said to be Imminent, Despite Reykjavik Slut Walk

As the Slut Walk takes place to protest sexual violence, a different sort of violence appears imminent

 

August 3, 2017

Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

"All children have the right to be protected from violence."

Katla Volcano near Reykjavik, Iceland is showing such an increase in seismic activity, that some volcanologists are saying an eruption of enormous magnitude is imminent.

400 tremors or quakes have been reported in the last 24 hours, and the alert level has been stepped up to yellow, one step below Orange. Orange indicates an eruption is imminent. http://www.wnd.com/2017/07/iceland-about-to-experience-biggest-volcanic-blast-ever/

"Katla has been showing this kind of behavior for as long as we know. There is always seismic activity in Katla but some years show more unsteadiness than others," says geophysicist Páll Einarsson speaking with Morgunblaðið.

As previously reported, scientists now believe that there's a greater likelihood for an eruption in Katla. Tour operators are stepping up their response plans.

"There's certainly been unrest in Katla in previous years but this is turning into the most unrestful year," adds Einarsson.

Separately, the Reykjavik Slut Walk took place in Reykjavik yesterday afternoon. Thousands rallied to support the cause: to put an end to sexual violence, shame the perpetrators and not the victims and to press for changes in the judicial system with regards to sexual crimes.

The slut walk protests the idea that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized".

An emphasis was also put this year on counteracting distribution of photographic or video material taken without consent and revenge porn.

The walk began at Hallgrímskirkja church at 2 pm and women, men, teenagers and children carrying banners and balloons walked all the way to Austurvöllur in the city centre when a program of speeches and music took place in support of the cause.

The slut walk, now in its sixth year also wants to emphasize that the behavior or clothing of victims is never an excuse for sexual crimes.

In response to concerns that volcanic ash ejected during the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland would damage aircraft engines,[2] the controlled airspace of many European countries was closed to instrument flight rules traffic, resulting in the largest air-traffic shut-down since World War II.

The closures caused millions of passengers to be stranded not only in Europe, but across the world. With large parts of European airspace closed to air traffic, many more countries were affected as flights to, from and over Europe were cancelled.

After an initial uninterrupted shutdown over much of northern Europe from 15 to 23 April, airspace was closed intermittently in different parts of Europe in the following weeks, as the path of the ash cloud was tracked. The ash cloud caused further disruptions to air travel operations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland on 4 and 5 May[7] and in Spain, Portugal, northern Italy, Austria and southern Germany on 9 May. Irish and UK airspace closed again on 16 May and reopened on 17 May.

 

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