Friday, April 16, 2010

Volcanic eruption in Iceland

This amazes me. Volcanic eruption can happen everywhere. Even under water or under sea and even in one of the coldest region in the world. Who can imagine, volcano can rule and erupts in Iceland. Mind you, the name speaks for itself - ICEland - means the land of ice.

Well, the eruption of a volcano beneath Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull not only resulted in dangerous amounts of volcanic ash in the sky, but also huge headaches for air travelers. The eruption was also captured on camera and it the scene of fire mixed with ice were sublime.

The eruption caused a 3.7 mile high plume of ash, creating havoc on flights across the Europe and around the world. The ash has the ability to knock out jet engines. Thousands of travellers have been grounded across the world. Additionally, there is no telling when the ash will disperse. It could take days before the sky clears up.

France has shut down all of its 24 airports including the main airport - Charles de Gaulle and also the other airport in Paris - Le Bourget airport.

London's Heathrow airport was also closed. Many airlines cancelled flights to Europe. Malaysia Airlines for example cancelled direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Paris and also to London and Amsterdam.

Australia's Qantas also cancelled flights to Europe.

Meanwhile, many photographers captured stunning images of the ash's effects on sunsets in Europe. To them, the ashes resulted in "fantastic spectacle."

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