Iceland is well known for its volcanic landscape, and STV weatherman Sean Batty was keen to find out more about how volcanic eruptions affect the climate.
1783 saw one of the worst eruptions in Iceland’s history. Lasting for eight months, almost 3.5 cubic miles of lava and 130 million tons of poisonous gases were released.
30 per cent of Iceland’s population was wiped out and the toxic gases killed over 20,000 people in the UK alone as they spread across Europe.
The most recent eruption was from Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, which saw airports around Europe being closed and flights being grounded due to the volcanic ash spreading through the air, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
Ellert Sigurdsson is an Icelandic tour guide, and he explained to Sean why he isn’t scared of the country’s volcanic eruptions.
He said: “You’re more likely to be killed by a car than a volcano. You live with it, grow up with it and hear about it, and if people are afraid of it then they don’t live in Iceland!”
Iceland has a warning system in place, and every few years there is an evacuation drill so that people know exactly what to do if an eruption does occur.
There will be a live web chat tonight straight after the show, and you can send your questions to Sean via Twitter @SeanBattySTV, on the Weatherwatch e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or via the STV Live App which works on most mobile devices as well as on your computer. (You can sign up to the STV Live App here, if you haven't already done so).
Then all you have to do is log on to stv.tv/weatherwatch straight after the show ends at 8.30 and watch to see if Sean answers your question. You'll be blown away - pardon the pun.
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