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Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Closes Down Main UK Airports

Posted by feww on May 17, 2010

Ash cloud grounds at least 1,000 flights

Large Plume of Volcanic Ash Forces Closure of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, Britain’s busiest

Volcanic ash cloud is now drifting further south, threatening more chaos in the UK and European flights paths.

A no-fly zone has been imposed for at least a six-hour period between 01:00 BST and 07:00 BST (24:00 to 6:00UTC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority shutting down Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.

There are currently no flights in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Volcanic Ash Advisory from London – Issued graphics

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Eruption Update – 16 May 2010 19:15UTC

The eruption plume is reaching a maximum height of  about 9 km (30,000 ft), about 15 percent higher than yesterday.  The ash cloud is currently drifting in a southeast to east-southeasterly direction, Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said.

Ash fall was detected southeast of Eyjafjallajökull.

For other details of eruption see status report.

A view of Eyjafjallajökull Eruption from Thórólfsfelli Webcam


At least 3 earthquakes measuring 5.1 to 5.4Mw have occurred in the Norwegian Sea about 590km to the northeast of Jan Mayen volcano which sits on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the divergent tectonic plate boundary located along the floor of the Atlantic Ocean , which also runs through Iceland.

The section of the ridge that includes  Iceland is called Reykjanes Ridge.

Fire-Earth is currently working on an update for its earlier statistical forecast of volcanic eruptions in and around Iceland.

Original Caption:  Map showing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge splitting Iceland and separating the North American and Eurasian Plates. The map also shows Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, the Thingvellir area, and the locations of some of Iceland’s active volcanoes (red triangles), including Krafla. Source: USGS.

Original Caption: Aerial view of the area around Thingvellir, Iceland, showing a fissure zone (in shadow) that is an on-land exposure of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Right of the fissure, the North American Plate is pulling westward away from the Eurasian Plate (left of fissure). This photograph encompasses the historical tourist area of Thingvellir, the site of Iceland’s first parliament, called the Althing, founded around the year A.D. 930. Large building (upper center) is a hotel for visitors. (Photograph by Oddur Sigurdsson, National Energy Authority, Iceland. Source: USGS.

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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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