May 22nd, 2011 21:22 EST
More Travel Disruptions Out of Iceland as Volcano Grimsvotn Erupts
It seems like we were just watching on the news recently of Iceland being the focal point of volcanic eruptions and airline travel being haltered as a result. Back in April of last year we had the EyjafjallajÃ¶kull volcano erupt which halted airline travel all over the region and even over in Europe as clouds of thick ash floated across the sky like a flock of seagulls in Mid-Summer.
"Now, for a second time another volcano in Iceland has once again erupted. The Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier about 200 kilometers east of Reykjavik, began erupting on Saturday." (calgary.ctv.ca.com)
This volcano has remained rather quiet over the past seven years. The last time it erupted was in 2004. In the past it has had more eruptions prior to 2004 when it erupted in 1993, 1996, and 1998. Volcanoes are like the weather, you never know when it will change and blow its top which could happen at any time.
Scientists say that this eruption by volcano Grimsvotn was ten times more powerful than the eruption back in 2004. With the stronger eruption this weekend may be a sign of the inner core of the Earth in that region becoming unstable.
This eruption did cause travel delays in and around Iceland. A no-fly zone has been implemented around the volcano and 220 km out. It doesn`t sound like this eruption will cause as many problems as the last one did last April when flights were cancelled that left about ten million travelers sleeping in the airport for days as a result of that eruption. This eruption did send gray soot in the air that blanketed nearby buildings and open fields and the volcanic ash is blowing in a northwest direction towards Greenland, but unlike the last April eruption no ash is blowing towards Europe.
As a huge safety precaution, any airline or airplane travel in and around the eruption zone will be halted. The sharp particles of ash and soot will or there is a good chance could cause engine failure and also the sharp objects can also damage any airline windows and glass.
The eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull last April had more ash that was fine-grained and the eruption was a lot more persistence than Saturdays eruption from the Grimsvotn volcano. This is why there was so much havoc last year when it came to airline travel.
With all the weather stories in the media the last year, the earthquake in Japan, the tornadoes in the Deep South, the floods in the South and now volcanoes erupting sounds like the next plot for a Hollywood movie, or could it be something else? We can only just wait and see.
CTV.ca, Volcano Eruption Blackens Sky, Closes Iceland Airport. (www.calgary.ctv.com)