ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF’s season opener in Ireland next week against Penn State may be in peril because of a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Iceland’s Civil Protection Department said Wednesday that about 500 people were evacuated from the highlands part of the Vatnajokull glacier. The action was taken as a precaution following thousands of small earthquakes recently near Bardarbunga, a sub-glacial stratovolcano under the glacier.
UCF departs for Ireland Aug. 26 for its Aug. 30 game. Athletics spokesman Andy Seeley said school officials are monitoring the situation.
Iceland is separated from Ireland by the Atlantic Ocean and about 900 miles, but a volcanic eruption in Iceland could produce volcanic ash and potentially affect flights to Europe. More than 100,000 flights were cancelled following the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano.
Just your classic setback to a college football season opener, see something like this happen every year. Problems with the turf, leaks in the roof, a nearby volcano about to erupt and shower you with liquid hot magma. You hope it doesn’t happen to you but it always seems to.
Man Penn State really just cannot get out of this bad luck slump. Think James Franklin saw this coming when he took the job? Knew he had an uphill battle with the recent PSU reputation and the sanctions. Not sure he knew flying to Ireland for a game against a team from Florida and getting Pompeii’ed by a nearby stratovolcano was part of the deal though.
PS – Live look-in at fans trying to leave the stadium next week -
PPS – Not sure if people have seen this but Penn State currently has the best hype video on the market: