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Much volcanic activity may occur in Iceland during the coming months: Eyjafjallajökull, perhaps Katla, Laki and others … even Jan Mayen their northerly neighbor could kick in keeping more flights grounded
Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Has Grounded Flights Across Much of Europe for a Second Day
As the eruption at Eyjafjallajökull volcano continues unabated, more smoke and ash from the glacier-filled volcano in Iceland drifts into Europe’s airspace, affecting up to a million air passengers. The disruption could continue into the weekend and beyond.
A radar image of the three craters emerging from under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier April 16, 2010. Credit: Icelandic Coast Guard
As of posting, up to 8,000 flights have been canceled since a no-fly zone was declared in northern Europe on Thursday. The airspace from as far west as the Republic of Ireland to Finland and was Western Russia are now closed. The countries that are directly affected and whose airspace have been shut down are: Republic of Ireland, Norway, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
Additionally there is a partial or planned no-fly zones currently operating in the northern airspace of three other countries: France, Germany and Poland.
How long Will the Eruption Last?
“It is likely that the production of ash will continue at a comparable level for some days or weeks. But where it disrupts travel, that depends on the weather,” Einar Kjartansson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told the reporters.
The last time the subglacial volcano erupted, it went on ejecting ash for a period of two years, from 1821 to 1823.
Ash Drifting Very Slowly
In the absence of wind the ash cloud is “progressing very slowly eastwards” and has remained “very dense,” the European air traffic control, Eurocontrol, has said.
“In general, the situation cannot be said to be improving with any certainty,” the National Air Traffic Service in the UK was quoted as saying.
The European air traffic control organisation, Eurocontrol, said a lack of wind meant the ash cloud created by the volcano underneath Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull glacier was “progressing very slowly eastwards” and remained “very dense”.
In addition to the European airlines, at least 5 other long-haul airlines have canceled flights to Europe.
- Video footage of the new volcanic eruption on Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland and flooding in Markarfljót river is posted here.
- Eruption Footage
- Video by MBL
- Horfa á kvikmyndir frá Hvannárgili [26 march 2010]
- Horfa á kvikmyndir frá Hrunagili [26 march 2010]
- Eruption Caught on Video by Iceland Coast Guard (WMV) – 20 March 2010
- Hrunagil (video)
- Iceland TV RUC
- New map of the lava flow from 21 – 24 March 2010
- Latest Map of volcanic emissions 25 March 2010 (Icelandic)
Webcams – Volcanoes in Iceland
- Hekla: http://www.ruv.is/hekla/
- Katla: http://www.ruv.is/katla/
Latest Images (RUV): http://www.ruv.is/flokkar/hamfarir
Related Headline News
- Photo Shows Eerie Closeness to Volcano, Says Farmer Hit by Flood [April 15, 2010]
- Iceland Eruption Affects Air Traffic in Norway
- Last Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Lasted Two Years [April 14, 2010]
- Awesome Pictures of Flood in South Iceland
- Iceland’s PM: Important to Remain Calm
- Flood in South Iceland Might Be Subsiding
- Video of New Iceland Eruption and Flood
- Drinking Water Monitored in Iceland’s Westman Islands [April 14, 2010]
- Iceland: New Craters open up. “We saw the Earth open up” [April 3, 2010]
- Icelandic Volcanic Outburst goes 100 Meters into the Air [April 1, 2010]
- Toxic Fumes at Source of Iceland Eruption
- Lava Flow Heads for Idyllic Iceland Valley
- Iceland Lava Flow Changes Channels
Related Sites in Iceland (English)
- Institute of Earth Sciences, Iceland
- Geophysical research at the Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Continuous tremor plots at the Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Earthquake location maps at the Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Eyjafjallajökull eruption melts glacier [April 15]
- Eyjafjöll Eruption Update – April 3
- Eyjafjöll Still Erupting
- Eyjafjöll Eruption – Images of the Day
- Eyjafjöll Eruption – LATEST
- Icelandic Volcano Erupts – UPDATE
- Volcano erupts near Eyjafjallajoekull, Iceland
- Icelandic Volcano Erupts – VIDEO UPDATE
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