Eyjafjallajøkull volcano (Iceland), eruption update: activity and lava emission continue at similar levels
Saturday Apr 24, 2010 07:33 AM |
The eruption at Eyafjallajökull volcano on Iceland continues at a similar rate as during the past days, with strombolian and phreatomagmatic activity at the summit, generating ash plumes reaching 2-5 km height. Deflation of the volcano indicates that the eruption might be nearing its end.
Flight operations in the European airspace (which in an unprecedented case had been largely closed for 5 consecutive days due to the presence of ash from the eruption) are almost back to normal and slowly, the long queue of stranded passengers around the world are returning to their destination. In the meanwhile the debate about wether European air control authorities and decision makers have been too strict in their measures and "responsible" for the huge (estimated between 1.5-2 billion eur) loss for the airline industry is going on hot.
For a well-balanced discussion, we recommend the following article on Erik Klemetti's excellent Eruptions Blog.
Links / Sources:
Links / Sources:
- Icelandic Met Office: updates on the Eyafjallajökull eruption
- The Eruptions Blog by colleague Erik Klemetti
Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Iceland), activity update: strombolian explosions with powerful shock waves, eruption fading
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
As our team members Jorge Santos and Marco Fulle report from on location, the eruption seems to be declining. Since 20 April, it consists of separated bursts of lava from the summit crater, accompanied by loud shock waves rattling windows at up to 20km distance. On one occasion, Jorge managed to photograph such a shock wave near the crater. ... [more]
Monday, Apr 19, 2010
As the ash cloud from Eyjafjallajøkull continues to decrease, mostly because most of the ice around the crater is now molten, the seismic activity remains high and lava emission (magmatic activity) in the form of strombolian eruptions and fountains can now be observed at the crater. This signals another stage in the eruption, where it is likely that a new cone will be built inside the crater of the volcano. [more]
The ash emission at Eyjafjallajøkull volcano seems to be decreasing. However, the ash cloud over large parts of Europe still forces thousands of flights to be canceled causing large-scale disruption of travel. [more]
Sunday, Apr 18, 2010
The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano increased over the past days, sending a huge ash cloud drifting at elevantions between 2-10 km over large parts of Europe, forcing nearly all airports in central, northern and parts of southern Europe to be closed for several days, to an extent that has not been known in the history of commercial air traffic. ... [more]
Friday, Apr 16, 2010
The ash clouds of the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano already cover big areas of western Europe causing 60% of airports being closed. There are the main airports of England and Germany affected. [more]