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Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Gradually Intensifying

Posted by feww on May 16, 2010

Eruption Turning Darker, Plume Height Increasing

According to the latest assessment released by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), the volcanic plume from Eyjafjallajökull is gray, occasionally reaching a height of 8km (27,000 feet) a.s.l. and drifting in a southerly direction.

IMO reported ashfall south of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and ash drift moving to southeast of the volcano.

Snapshot of earthquake activity at Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Click image to update. Source: IMO.  Photos, charts, maps and all other images issued by the European governments may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair USE Notice.

A swarm of at least 30 volcanic earthquakes occurred beneath Eyjafjallajökull in a 3-hour period starting  at 23:54 (UTC) striking at a depth of about 20km, with the average magnitude of less than 2.0Mw. The swarm was followed  by more sporadic tremors in the morning.

“No major changes are seen in the activity, the ash cloud is slightly higher than yesterday. Presently there are no indications that the eruption is about to end.” IMO said.  For additional details, see status report.

British Airspace Closure

British airspace may have to close partially from Sunday at least until Tuesday to avoid the risk of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull eruption which is drifting south from Iceland, the UK Department for Transport said.

The closure may include Heathrow airport, Europe’s busiest, the authorities said.

“Due to continuing volcanic activity in Iceland and prevailing weather conditions, there is — if the volcano continues to erupt at current levels — a risk of UK airspace closures,” the government said.

Volcanic Ash Advisory from London – Issued graphics

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4 Responses to “Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Gradually Intensifying”

  1. askit said

    what does the ash contain? and what is the risk….???


    The end of the jet era has come.

  3. feww said

    Volcanic ash closes UK airports
    Airports across much of the UK are to close between 1300 and 1900 BST as volcanic ash drifts across Europe, the air traffic authority Nats has said.

    In England, East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Humberside and Carlisle airports will be hit by the Civil Aviation Authority’s no-fly zone.

    Airports in Northern Ireland, Prestwick near Glasgow, those on Scottish islands and the Isle of Man are also affected.

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