September 20, 2011

Iceland Volcano Eruption Could Kill Thousands

Sid Perkins, Science Now


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What if one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recent history happened today? A new study suggests that a blast akin to one that devastated Iceland in the 1780s would waft noxious gases southwestward and kill tens of thousands of people in Europe. And in a modern world that is intimately connected by air traffic and international trade, economic activity across much of Europe, including the production and import of food, could plummet.

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TAGGED: Pollution, Volcano, Volcano Eruption, Iceland

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