Science
3:35 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Icelandic volcanoes featured on Life on Fire airing Wednesdays at 9 pm beginning January 2nd.

The 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland provoked economic chaos by paralyzing a major air traffic network for days. This eruption, however, was mild. Much more powerful volcanoes in Iceland are ready to wake up. Through spectacular aerial footage of this country, which is an accumulation of lava and ash, a maze of craters and faults, the episode tries to discern which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be. Europe has come to realize that a colossal power sleeps beneath Iceland, while Icelanders for centuries have learned to live amongst their volcanoes.

Life on Fire can be seen on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm beginning on January 2nd.

Hekla volcano in Iceland. Hekla is ready to erupt but its magma chamber is so deep, even for modern instruments, that it will give little warning.