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Iceland: Volcanic Update

It’s not only the sun that’s heating up, so are the volcanic activity at Iceland. According to the Modern Survival Blog, ash could begin to reach parts of Scotland as early as Tuesday followed by Britain, France, and Spain while a powerful Icelandic volcano named Grimsfjall (“Grimsvotn”) continues to erupt there at the Vatnajökull ice cap – Europe’s largest glacier.

“First estimations show this is 10 times larger than the 2004 eruption.”

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One observer says, “There was no warning at all…approximately 20 minutes from first quake to eruption.First estimations show this is 10 times larger than the 2004 eruption.”

There were some expectations that the next eruption at Grimsfjall/Grimsvotn would be stronger, due to increased bulging inflation in the area, but the powerful explosion and ash plume reaching as high as 25 km, caught many out, the ModernSurvivalBlog writes.

A curious observation followed the initial quake swarm and eruption. Once the magma reaches the surface, the quakes typically stop.

With Grimsfjall/Grimsvotn, another earthquake swarm persisted to the east.

There is also renewed earthquake activity to the south, at the Katla volcano region, which itself is a time-bomb waiting to unleash its fury.

Locally, the immediate threat is ash-fall, which this time is of a heavy consistency.

Threats of glacial water flooding persist due to the intense volcanic heat melting the ice.

Further away, European air traffic control are working with Meteorology Offices to determine the path of the ash cloud and the impact it may have on European air traffic this week.

One year ago, much of European air traffic was shut down for 6 days from another Icelandic volcano that blew its top (Eyjafjallajokull), leaving countless stranded travelers and a dent in the economy.

Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Iceland, says:

“We see some signs that the power is declining a bit, but it is still quite powerful,” adding that the eruption was the most violent at the volcano since 1873.

The potential disruption during the upcoming week will depend on the atmospheric wind patterns, and the ongoing strength of the eruption itself.

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Ash Clouds: Chaos At Norwegian Airports (Update)

The volcanic ash is making more trouble for Nordic air passengers. At Bergen Airport, Flesland, at the west coast of Norway, passengers are rebelling and refusing to leave the airport after it was closed again Thursday morning.

“Now, I’ve had enough! I will not leave the airport until we got a plane to where we’re going.”

Norwegian Air Passenger

Again, it’s total chaos in the Norwegian Air Space. Most airports on the west coast will be closed most of the day, Thursday. Also airports in Sweden and Finland will be closed today, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK, reports.

The ash from Iceland‘s volcanoes hits Norway’s air traffic again today.

The CAA imposed restrictions in the airspace Between Sola Airport/Stavanger and Vigra Airport/Evenes  from midnight, Thursday.

Currently there are no passenger traffic from airports in the Norwegian airports; Sola, Karmøy, Flesland, Stord, Florø, Førde, Ørsta-Volda and Vigra.

There are no offshore traffic to the Norwegian oil installations, the Norwegian air traffic control, Avinor, says on their website.

Avinor encourage passengers to seek information about their flights with the airline and travel agency.

“The part of this ash contaminated area, who is defined as a non flight zone for aircrafts, have drawn further in over the land, and during the night and morning hours we had to close the airspace over the airport on the west coast,” says  communications director at Avinor, Ove Narvesen.

Going “Ash-Crazy”

The developments in Western Norway comes after the positive messages, Wednesday, where air traffic picked up both in Norway and the rest of Europe.

Avinor said yesterday that they opened the airspace in Norway for an indefinite time.

At Bergen Airport Flesland the public address system will notify the passengers that the airport is closed, at least until 14 PM.

Both employees and passengers are in despair.

“I’m about to go “ash-crazy,” says Alf Sognfest, terminal manager at Bergen Airport Flesland.

“The clouds have made a belt outside the coast. It’s like we’re being punished because we live where we live,” says Sognfest.

“We were aware of the clouds in the North Sea, but yesterday they seemed to remain stationary. We thought they would dissolve, as they have elsewhere in Europe,” he says.

Passengers rebels

A traveling companion of 52 people have been waiting since Monday to fly to a cruise they were supposed to attend.

“Now I’ve had enough! I will not leave the airport until we got a plane to were we’re going,” says one of the ladies in the travel companion to NRK.

Airport Manager, Leif Anker Lorentzen, at Stavanger Airport Sola says tonight’s closing was a surprise.

“Yesterday, we hoped that air traffic should normalize,” says Lorentzen.

Air traffic in Europe is now almost normal, according to the European aerospace control Eurocontrol.

Norway and Sweden are among the exceptions.

Opened, Then Closed

Bergen Airport Flesland, that is the main airport on the west cost of Norway, was opened at 13 PM in the afternoon.

But around 17 PM, it was announced that SAS. Scandinavian  Airline System, had canceled all its flight on the airport.

The reason is that the area is still in the border zone of the ash clouds.

The national competitor, Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS), however, says it will continue its flights to and from Bergen.

It’s not been confirmed if the angry lady, mentioned above, and her company are still at the airport…


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Stunning Volcano Pictures

As ash from Iceland‘s Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans.

Some restricted airspace is now beginning to open up and some limited flights are being allowed now as airlines are pushing for the ability to judge safety conditions for themselves.

The volcano continues to rumble and hurl ash skyward, if at a slightly diminished rate now, as the dispersing ash plume has dropped closer to the ground, and the World Health Organization has issued a health warning to Europeans with respiratory conditions.

Collected here are some images from Iceland over the past few days:

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010.

The volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air just prior to sunset ON Friday, April 16, 2010. Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.

A car is seen driving near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland, through the ash from the volcano eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier on Thursday April 15, 2010.

Farmers team up to rescue cattle from exposure to the toxic volcanic ash at a farm in Nupur, Iceland, as the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Lava and lightning light the crater of Eyjafjallajokul volcano on April 17, 2010.

Check out the collection of 35 stunning volcano photos at The Boston Globe. (boston.com).

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