ORLANDO, Fla. - Penn State's season opener in Ireland next week against the University of Central Florida may be in jeopardy 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 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.
Ireland is about 900 miles southeast of Iceland, but a volcanic eruption 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.