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Cloud of Ash Spewing from Iceland’s Grimsvotn Volcano – May 26th, 2011

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May 26th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Iceland - May 23rd, 2011

This image shows a cloud of ash spewing from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano, a vision reminiscent of the 2010 eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (click here for previous articles). The Grimsvotn volcano is located under the Vatnajokull glacier in the Vatnajokull National Park – the biggest national park in Europe.

Although the eruption temporarily affected European air travel, with about 700 flights cancelled in Germany on Wednesday, air traffic is now operating normally. In Iceland, clean up of the ash has begun, and all major roads have been reopened.

Eyjafjallajokul Volcano Sends Ash Due East – May 13th, 2010

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May 13th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Ash Plume, Iceland - May 12th, 2010

Ash Plume, Iceland - May 12th, 2010

Close-up of Plume

Close-up of Plume

Despite the clouds covering most of Iceland and the surrounding ocean, the location of the volcano Eyjafjallajokul is easily pinpointed at the origin of the plume of ash. At the time this image was taken, winds were blowing the ash due east.

On May 11th and 12th, the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland reached the air space of Turkey as well as North African countries. Around 5 airports in Morocco were shut down as a precautionary measure due to the ash cloud.

The ash cloud from the 2010 Iceland volcano also closed airspace over Southern Spain, which caused airports to be shutdown in some Spanish Islands. Turkey affected by the volcanic ash as previously mentioned, but 2 airports were functional in Istanbul.

Eyjafjallajokul Volcano in Ireland Wreaks Havoc with European Flights Once Again – May 11th, 2010 – UPDATE

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May 11th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Ash Plume, Iceland - May 11th, 2010

Ash Plume, Iceland - May 11th, 2010

Close-up of Plume and Volcano

Close-up of Plume and Volcano

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights across Europe and added hours to trans-Atlantic journeys once again Sunday as planes were diverted around a large  plume of ash spewed by the Eyjafjallajokul volcano in Iceland that stretched from Greenland to Portugal.

So far, the weekend cancellations have been a fraction of the flights nixed two weeks ago when jittery European air traffic authorities closed down much of the continent’s airspace for fear the volcano’s abrasive ash could harm jet engines. But the possibility loomed of continuing eruption, and rising costs to airlines from ongoing disruption.

The bulk of the cloud, measuring 2,100 miles long and 1,400 miles wide (3,400 kilometers by 2,200 kilometers), stretched over the North Atlantic, according to the Irish Aviation Authority. It ordered Ireland’s five westernmost airports to close Sunday afternoon but allowed the country’s three biggest airports in Dublin, Shannon and Cork to stay open.

Airlines diverted their trans-Atlantic traffic north and south of the cloud, causing congestion as planes tried to squeeze through remaining routes. Some connections were canceled entirely because of an offshoot of the main cloud that was snaking its way from Portugal through Spain, southern France and northern Italy, then up to Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria.

Daniel Gerstgrasser, a meteorologist with Switzerland’s national weather agency, said rain would help wash out the cloud by Monday morning and no further ash drifts were expected to reach the continent in the coming 24 hours, although this image, taken today, clearly shows ash still being expelled from the volcano.