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Volcano ash, coming to an airport near you?

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It now seems that the Eyjafjallajökull eruption was, in case you didn’t know, just a tiny eruption. The one now, in Grímsvötn, is producing much more ash. Tomorrow, the ash cloud might reach Reykjavik. The ash is spreading wide and far over Iceland.

According to the weather forecast on Ruv tonight, the air currents over the North Atlantic indicate that by Wednesday, the cloud might be close to the UK and Northern Europe. However, the eruption seems to be residing so we can only hope that by Wednesday, there isn’t much ash rising out of Grímsvötn.

According to geologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, in an interview with Ruv, the normal pattern of a Grímsvötn eruption is ash for the first few days only whereas the eruption could continue for weeks and months. That means that there is only risk of flight cancellations for the first few days. This may seem dramatic right now but most likely only for a few days more, at most 3-4 days.

Here is an Icelandic blogger, Jon Frimann, blogging in English, keeping track of volcanos in Iceland, now covering the Grímsvötn eruption.

Here is a video from Grímsvötn where Matthew Roberts, who works at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, is telling the BBC about the eruption, just after returning from a flight over the glacier.

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Written by Sigrún Davídsdóttir

May 22nd, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Posted in Iceland

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