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Eyjafjallajökull Eruption – MODIS Image – UPDATE May 8

Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: VOLCANIC ASH CLOUD FORCES CLOSURE OF 15 AIRPORTS IN PORTUGAL AND SPAIN

See Below for details.

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Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano Continues to Eject Dense Plume of Ash


Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano continued to emit a dense plume of ash and steam on May 7, 2010. The plume extends southeast from the volcano, but curves south beyond the lower edge of the image. The large image, which includes a wider area, reveals that the ash is blowing over the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland. On Iceland, low-level winds pick up ash that had settled on the land. This plume of resuspended ash blows south from the island. The higher-elevation volcanic plume casts a dark shadow on the lower-elevation resuspended ash. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on May 7, 2010. Image and caption: NASA E/O. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG)

Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull Status Report: 16:00 GMT, 07 May 2010

The following is a brief summary of the report:

  • Decrease in explosive activity since yesterday.
  • Plume height lower (7.6km max), ash color lighter.
  • Steam still rising from lava front under Gígjökul.
  • Large ash fallout reaching up to 60 km from the crater.
  • No sign eruption might be  ending.
  • Earthquakes are occurring at 5-13 km depth, frequency of occurrence lower than yesterday.
  • Surface deformation stabilized since yesterday.
  • Only 5 % of particles smaller than 10 micron (aerosols)


21-hour animation of ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull volcano drifting from Iceland to Ireland and Scotland. Source: IMO . See also The initial ash cloud on 15th April. Click image to enlarge.

Eyjafjallajökull volcanic ash cloud shuts 15 airports in Europe

As the 2,000km (1,200mile) ash cloud further encroaches into European airspace, targeting tourist destinations, more  airport closures expected in northern Portugal and southern France.

List of the airports that have been affected, as of posting, includes Asturias, Bilbao, Burgos, La Coruna, Leon, La Rioja, Pamplona, Salamanca, San Sebastian,  Santander, Santiago, Valladolid, Vigo, Vitoria and Zaragoza.

UK’s Met Office said the Icelandic volcano was sending ash up to heights of 9.1km (30,000 ft ) at about 10:00UTC today.


Eyjafjallajökull Ash Cloud drifting toward southern Europe.
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Volcanic Ash Advisory from London – Issued graphics (UK Met Office)


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Webcame images by Mila
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British pilot aborts flight: “We can smell ash!”

Posted by feww on April 22, 2010

Was volcanic ash responsible for the plane’s engine trouble?

A frightened British pilot flying a Boeing 757 to Crete to rescue stranded holidaymakers was forced to abort the flight after smelling ash on takeoff followed by engine fault.

“An audio file obtained by ‘The Sun’ reveals the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control.” Bild reported.

“We believe we’re in clear air at the moment, but we’ve definitely had the smell of the ash in the aircraft and twice one of our engine bleed airs has failed so we’re pretty sure its volcanic ash,” the Thomas Cook pilot said.

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The pilot reported smelling ash to air traffic control, first at 16,000 feet and then again at 20,000 feet, during the initial climb.

“In the climb, we could smell the ash. The smell stayed on for a while. Once we’d levelled at 39 [39,000 feet] we then lost one engine bleed, so we’ve taken all the required actions for volcanic ash encounter.” The pilot said.

Thomas Cook dismissed the pilot’s claim as a “minor technical fault with its air conditioning.” They said the flight was not aborted due to volcanic ash and that the plane was not in any danger.

However, according to a former pilot,  Lawrence Rayment, the problem was “uncommon,” the report said.

“It is a very uncommon fault. For it to happen as the plane flew through the ash cloud is a worry.” He said.

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