Thursday, April 15, 2010

Iceland Volcano Halts Air Traffic in Northern Europe

This volcano eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland is spewing a ridiculous amount of ash into the atmosphere. The ash cloud has blanketed northern Europe, halting air traffic due to visibility and engine danger from the floating debris.

A map of the ash cloud:

Airports in Norway, Sweden, Finland, the UK and Denmark have been shut down due to the cloud. As the could spreads it should dissipate, allowing air travel to continue.

The significant ash cloud is caused by a special formation in the volcano. The volcanic crater is (was) actually buried beneath 200 meters of ice, and when the lava seeped out and contacted the ice, the results were explosive, throwing huge amounts of ash into the air.

[via Fannarh]

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