You may be wondering how volcanic ash from Iceland erupting from underneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier could be shutting down airports across northern Europe. Here’s 18 hours of satellite footage from April 14-15, 2010 that shows just how much ash is being produced and spread over European skies.
Thousands of flights have already been canceled due to this second eruption of the volcano. Apparently volcanic ash, which being mostly invisible to the naked eye from the ground in Europe, can disrupt jet engines. Scientists aren’t sure how long the eruptions will last but the last time in 1821, the volcano was active for over a year.
oh my goodness this was incredible to see!!! I know my friend’s daughter is now stranded at some airport due to the airplanes being grounded. I’ve read that it is one of the most potentially dangerous situations for a pilot to attempt to fly in Volcanic laden air.
I know, something like 17,000 flights canceled so far. I wonder how long it will last…
Wow, the video is cool. Thanks for the update.
Thanks so much for the visual, Anil. Might last a YEAR?? That is REALLY scary! Shows how much we rely on air transport, doesn’t it?
Yes, it’s an incredible disruption in terms of the number of flights and area of airspace! Sometimes we forget there are things out of human control. I hear some airlines are now sending up test flights but things are shut down through tomorrow, will be interesting to see how long things last.
Hey Anil…can alwayz depend on you to provide ur fans with the latest updates around the world…nice video and yes, it sure does remind us humans that there is a powerful force over us and nt much is in our hands…the Power of God, if we may say so!!!
It’s an incredible amount of ash with no end in predictable sight. I think the airlines are more than anxious to find a way around the volcano I can’t pronounce 🙂
Very cool post with satellite footage!
Thanks – it’s incredible to see from space, soooo much ash!
Well, more boat (booze) trips for me. 😀
Booze boat trips? Tell me more…
Amazing. Apparently, there is a bigger one ready to go any century now!
…and the ash is *still* causing problems from just Eyjafjallajokull!