Icelandic volcano erupts, threatens UCF-Penn State game
An Icelandic volcano has begun sub-glacial eruptions, which could put a damper on the Knights' upcoming game against Penn State in Ireland.
Aviation officials in Iceland raised the threat warning to red — the highest alert warning — as an eruption could emit a significant amount of ash, which poses major problems for airline engines and instruments, according to the Associated Press.
Lava from the volcano appears to be melting the ice beneath the Iceland's largest glacier, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer told the Associated Press.
The area around the Bardarbunga volcano has been declared a no-fly zone, but aviation authorities have not yet shut down Icelandic airspace altogether.
UCF officials told the Orlando Sentinel that the school is aware of the volcano in Iceland and is monitoring the situation. The Knights were planning to ship their equipment for the season-opener to Ireland today, and the team is slated to depart for Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for Aug. 30.
UCF football team head coach George O'Leary gives his take on what the eruption of the Iceland volcano means for the Knights' season opener. Jazmyne Hankerson, Central Florida Future