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Eyjafjallajökull Eruption – UPDATE 19 Apr 2010

Posted by feww on April 19, 2010

A Time to Reorganize!

Another Massive Plume of Volcanic Ash from Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Invades UK Airspace

You could have a situation in the not-too-distant future whereby 2, 3, 4, 6 even 8 volcanoes located  ‘inconveniently’ would erupt simultaneously, ejecting ash and fumes into atmosphere unabatedly.

Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Status:

  • Eyjafjallajökull is currently erupting with the ash plume reaching a height of about 7.5 to 10km
  • Two large plumes of ash are drifting toward Europe


Latest Image of eruption at  Eyjafjallajökull. Source: Frettabladid, Island. Image may be subject to copyright.

Large amounts of volcanic ash fell overnight in a vast area from Ásólfsskáli to Sólheimajökull, Iceland, the country’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management reported. “Work is in progress to close off National route 1(Suðurlandsvegur) from Markarfljótsbrú as far as Sólheimajökull. Visibility has been at around 400 to 500m, reducing to 100m in some areas. This morning there were reports from Þorvaldseyri that there was almost no visibility at all.”

“From midnight last night steady northerly winds blew over the eruption, which according to information from the Icelandic Met Office, should continue today and therefore present the possibility of ash fall in the area under the glacier and even over Vestmannaeyjar.” The report said.

In Europe: UK

UK airspace will remain  closed until 1:00BST (00:00UTC) on Tuesday April 20, 2010, due to the ongoing volcanic activity in Iceland.

“The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is still erupting and weather patterns continue to blow volcanic ash towards the UK. Ongoing observations have detected dust in the atmosphere and on the ground. On Sunday afternoon a research aircraft observed volcanic ash over the UK as far south as southern England. UK Met Office said.

Satellite image of ash plume at 0745 UTC on Monday 19 April 2010 – Image below is a false color composite.


Shades of orange represent the volcanic ash in the atmosphere. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office. Click image to enlarge


IR Satellite image of the UK and Ireland. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office.  Click image to enlarge.


The above is an illustration of volcanic ash dispersion up to 20,000 ft, issued at 7 am on 19 April. Advisory charts are issued every six hours, for up to 18 hours ahead, by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center.


Icelandic volcano – Air ash concentration graphics – 18 April 2010 – Different colors represent different concentration rates with red high and blue low. Exact concentrations are not given because they are dependent on the amount of material emitted from the volcano. Interpretation of the actual concentration values requires reliable knowledge of the rate at which the material is erupted. Source: UK Met Office

Articles by Iceland Review (English)

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