some more volcanic news from iceland:
Iceland volcanic ash travels higher
Posted on14 May 2010. Tags: ash cloud, Eyjafjallajokull, flights, Iceland, volcano
Volcanic activity at the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in Iceland remains stable, but the gas and ash cloud is higher today than yesterday. The Icelandic
Met Office says there are still no signs the eruption is coming to an end.
Four small earthquakes shook the glacier yesterday afternoon, but they did not appear to change the intensity of the volcano.
The volcanic cloud is reaching a height of 6km, which is less than the 9kn height it reached at its peak. “Very gentle winds are over the volcano
and there is unstable air flow south of Iceland. These two factors affect the height of the volcanic cloud,” a Met Office spokesman explained.
Ash fall is currently restricted to areas near the volcano in South Iceland but the amount of ash falling suddenly increased last night and police in
South Iceland say that the ash fall has not been as great since the volcano’s first days. Visibility was reduced to just two metres in some
Volcanic ash falls on Reykjavik, citizens fail to notice
Posted on 14 May 2010. Tags: Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland, Reykjavik, volcano
Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption is now falling on Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city – including on the Icelandic Met Office. City
life is unaffected and people are checking their computer screens and televisions more than the sky.
After massive amounts of ash fall near the volcano last night, during which several families decided to evacuate, the ash moved and started falling on
Fljotshlid in much greater quantities than previously. A wide portion of South Iceland was also affected, including the towns of Hella and
Hvolsvollur. The ash has now reached Reykjavik
The effects of the ash in the city are minimal and people are reading about it on news websites but not noticing anything unusual when outside.
“This is the first I have heard about it so I guess it can´t be that bad,” IceNews’s Russell Harmon said upon returning to the office.
As well as a greater spread, the ash cloud is also reaching higher into the atmosphere – currently up to nine kilometres – which will continue to
affect aviation. All domestic flights have been cancelled until further notice and there are delays and alterations to international flights.
Passengers are advised to contact their airline.