Volcano in Iceland puts UCF-Penn State game in Ireland at risk

By Ryan Bass, Bright House Sports Network
Last Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 3:13 PM

Volcanic activity in Iceland could put UCF's game against Penn State in Dublin, Ireland next week at risk, according to reports.

There is concern among scientists in Europe that a volcano in Iceland - named Bárðarbunga - could be nearing erruption, and a major earthquake in the area could cause the volcano to explode sooner rather than later.

That could spew ash into the air for thousands of miles, affecting flights to and from Europe, including nearby Dublin, Ireland, where UCF is scheduled to play Penn State on Aug. 30 at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Back in 2010, Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, grounding nearly 100,000 flights due to volcanic ash. Airplanes across Europe weren't allowed to depart for six days for the fear the ash could effect jet engines. Millions of airline passangers were standed.

Since Saturday, seismologists have detected, according to reports, more than 2,600 earthquakes in the area. The Icelandic Met Office increased the aviation sector level to orange, the second on a scale of five, but still said they've seen no sign yet that an eruption is imminent.

A UCF spokesperson said the school is aware of the volcanic activity in Iceland and that they're monitoring the situation.

UCF is the host school of the game, titled the Croke Park Classic. They've worked closely with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) the last year to set up the contest overseas.

UCF is scheduled to depart for Europe next week. It would be the first game outside of the Unites States in program history.