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Volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupts in rural southern Iceland, homes evacuated and emergency declared

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  • Originally posted by ByFaithIFly View Post
    WOW Zero,very violent photos..First thing I thought of when I saw them was,'DANTES INFERNO".
    As crazy as it sounds the pictures are very breath taking and in their own why beautiful. To under estimate Jesus Christ power would be a very big mistake! I pray for all of those who are lost and still in the shadows! God Bless you all ! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures


    • Originally posted by northernlightstars View Post
      Ok so is this the REALLY, REALLY big one or just the REALLY big one??? ,
      Katla ( I think it's called) is the REALLY REALLY big one. This is just the REALLY big one. But it's not erupting, so all is well.


      • Originally posted by Zerozx View Post

        Looks like some of the pictures I have been taking in the night skies at my house! Wow!


        • (10 hours ago)

          Iceland forecasters say new ash plume from volcano is lower and a lesser threat to aircraft

          The ash cloud is expected to hit the east coast of the US and Canada this afternoon

          Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol says air space is open in southern Europe and parts of northern Europe - AP

          (9 hours ago)

          BA test flight sent up yesterday has found no damage from volcanic ash.

          British Airways CEO Willie Walsh: “This is an unprecedented situation that is having a huge impact on customers and airlines alike.

          British Airways CEO Willie Walsh: We continue to offer as much support as we can to our customers

          British Airways CEO Willie Walsh: European airlines have asked the EU and national governments for financial compensation

          British Airways has cancelled all flights until Tuesday

          British Airways says volcanic ash crisis is costing it 15 to 20 million pounds (£) a day

          NATO F-16 fighter jets suffered engine damage after flying through the volcanic ash cloud, senior official says - AP

          AP: Western diplomat says several NATO F-16 fighters damaged by volcanic ash

          F-16 incident proves that closure of airspace is the right thing. But the media appears to be cracking down on authorities for closure

          Several Nato F-16 fighter jets suffered engine damage after flying through volcanic ash, says senior Western diplomat.

          (8 hours ago)

          Reuters: NATO F-16 fighter plane found glass build-up in one engine, which can lead to engine failure.

          US official: This is a very, very serious matter that in the not too distant future will start having real impact on military capabilities.

          NATS: The Met Office advises that the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano is now less active than previously.

          Lava seen at Icelandic volcano, ash production diminishing - Meteorological Office (Reuters)

          Iceland volcano now producing lava, appears to be spewing more steam and less ash, meteorological official says - Reuters


          • (7 hours ago)

            Dutch air traffic control says that Dutch airspace is open to small planes only, and has been since last night.

            BA says analysis of its own test flight and those of other airlines suggest blanket air restrictions are unnecessary

            (6 hours ago)

            EU ministers strike deal to restart flights -

            (Reuters) - The European Union reached a deal on Monday to cut the size of a no-fly zone caused by a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano, under pressure from frustrated airlines losing $250 million a day.

            Although some countries were opening airspace, officials said they expected less than a third of flights to operate in Europe on Monday, the fifth day of a flight clampdown that has stranded passengers worldwide and halted freight flights.

            "On a national and European level, we have decided to move step by step toward a normalization, within the framework of strict security requirements," German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer told N24 television.

            An EU diplomat said earlier that there seemed to be a consensus around creating new zones with a smaller no-fly zone near to the volcano, and a wider zone where flights would be subject to safety restrictions and checks, but no ban.

            He said the new regime was expected to go into force at 0600 GMT on Tuesday.

            The European Commission said it might approve compensation to cushion airline losses from the shutdown.

            "This volcano has crippled the aviation sector, firstly in Europe, and is now having worldwide implications. The scale of the economic impact (on aviation) is now greater than 9/11 when U.S. airspace was closed for three days," International Air Transport Association (IATA) head Giovanni Bisignani said. He said airlines were losing $250 million a day in revenue.

            "We must move away from this blanket closure and find ways to flexibly open air space, step by step," he said.

            Airline shares fell and European Union competition chief Joaquin Almunia said the EU Commission was considering easing stringent rules for state aid.

            British Airways, which says it has lost 15-20 million pounds ($22-30 million) a day in passenger and freight revenue, said it had asked the EU and national governments for compensation.

            Millions of passengers have been stranded or had their travel disrupted. "We can't fly because of the volcano, so they dropped us off at Rome, and now we're trying to get up north but it's chaotic," said Mark, a Briton stuck at Rome's central station, trying to make his way back to Duesseldorf in Germany.


            The European aviation control agency Eurocontrol said on Monday it expected between 8,000 and 9,000 flights to operate in Europe.

            That would represent just 30 percent of normal flight traffic, compared to earlier predictions by European Union officials that half of flights could be operating on Monday.

            Over the weekend only a fifth of normal flights were flown. Figures released by Eurocontrol showed 80,000 fewer flights in Europe since Thursday compared to the same period a week ago.

            Austria and the Czech Republic opened their airports on Monday. Some countries opened their airspace but others kept no-fly decrees in place. Italy closed its northern airspace after briefly opening it on Monday.

            France said it would progressively reopen airports and create an air corridor to Paris to ease the transport crisis.

            Businesses dependent on fast air freight felt the early impact of the disruption. Kenya's flower exporters said they were already losing up to $2 million a day. Kenya accounts for about a third of flower imports into the European Union.

            In export-reliant Taiwan, the island's two major international carriers, China Airlines and Eva Air, said they had canceled a total of 14 cargo flights to four European airports since Thursday.

            European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said the EU's economy would face serious consequences if the disruption continued for a long time. "What makes me a little bit afraid is that there is no timer on this volcano," he told Reuters.

            In Britain, companies reported staff had been unable to get back from Easter holidays abroad and hospitals said they were cancelling some operations because surgeons were stuck abroad.

            Some food suppliers were also feeling the effects.

            "We are running short of tuna from Indian Ocean, Victoria perch from Africa, basil from Cyprus and other fresh herbs from Israel, lobster from Canada and green asparagus from California," said Thomas Kosmidis, at Frankfurt wholesaler Venos, which supplies mainly restaurants.

            Britain's official weather forecaster, the Met Office, released a graphic predicting little movement of the ash plume over Europe on Monday, but saw it spreading toward the eastern seaboard of North America.

            "The wind flow is staying very much the same through the day. Probably for the next three or four days the wind regime is not going to change terribly much," a Met Office spokesman said.

            Airlines conducted test flights at the weekend without any apparent problems from the ash cloud.

            Dutch airline KLM, which has flown several test flights, said most European airspace was safe despite the plume of ash, and dispatched two commercial freight flights to Asia on Sunday.

            But engine damage was found in a NATO F-16 fighter plane, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

            Volcanic ash is abrasive and can strip off aerodynamic surfaces. In the high temperatures of an engine turbine, ash can turn to molten glass and paralyze the engine.

            A British Airways jet lost power in all four engines after flying through an ash cloud above the Indian Ocean in 1982.

            Iceland's Meteorological Office said the erupting volcano appeared to be spewing more steam and less ash into the sky.

            "There is at least some lava bursting up from the craters and landing on the ice," geologist Hjorleifur Sveinbjornsson said. "The color of the steam is brown but also quite white so it is more like water vaporizing."


            • (6 hours ago)

              Air authority: Lufthansa granted permission to fly 50 planes back to Germany with passengers - AP

              (5 hours ago)

              Plans are in place to open Scottish airspace at 0600 tomorrow; Midlands at 1200; southern England at 1800.

              U.K. plans to open its airspace on Tuesday, Sky News reports

              Scottish airspace will be reopened from 7am tomorrow, air traffic control authority Nats has said.

              Europe aviation authorities confirm flight restrictions on Scottish airspace to be lifted Tuesday; no word on English airspace – AP

              Airspace restrictions above England and Wales, including London area, may be lifted later Tuesday, U.K. aviation authorities say

              (4 hours ago)

              Manchester Airport will reopen at 9am on Tuesday - passengers told to contact airline before traveling to airport

              Irish authorities: The Council of EU Transport Ministers is expected to approve an interim, European-wide response to airspace restrictions

              (3 hours ago)

              France says European countries can gradually resume air traffic in designated 'caution zones' - AP

              Dutch authorities to allow some passenger planes to take off tonight

              Icelandic met office confirms no second eruption. A camera was pointed at the Eyjafjallakokul but labeled as Hekla.

              Icelandic Met Office says no eruption at Hekla volcano -

              REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) — The Icelandic Meteorological Office on Monday said the Hekla volcano in the southern part of the country had not erupted.

              Live footage from the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service initially appeared to show images from the Hekla volcano with a huge plume of smoke rising from it. Later, the service said the camera was accidentally pointed at the Eyjafjallajökull glacier - which continues to erupt and has caused major air travel disruptions across Europe.

              An official with the Icelandic Meteorological Office in Reykjavik said he was aware of media reports, but said they were not accurate. “I’m sitting here in the middle of the Icelandic Met Office and we’ve seen nothing to indicate an eruption,” he said.


              • (2 hours ago)

                9 domestic flights grounded at Canadian airport in the east coast

                Volcanic ash cloud grounds nine domestic flights in Canada

                St. John's International Airport in Canada reporting flights cancelled by fog, not by ash.

                Eurocontrol reports that approximately 8,700 flights have taken place today in European airspace.

                European air traffic expected to return to normal on Thursday, Eurocontrol aviation authority says

                (less than 1 hour ago)

                Newcastle airport planning to reopen for flights at 7am but says it will take time to get back to full schedule


                • Volcanic ash cloud hits North American coast -

                  (Reuters) - An ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland has spread across the Atlantic Ocean and brushed the Canadian coast, but is not expected to drift much further across North America, British forecasters said on Monday.

                  Britain's Met Office, the national weather service, said the vast cloud that has grounded thousands of flights across northern Europe reached Newfoundland on Monday.

                  However, the winds that pushed the ash to the edge of North America are expected to change direction in the next couple of days, preventing the cloud from covering more of Canada and the United States.

                  Airlines have suffered losses described as being worse than after the 9/11 attacks after aviation officials closed parts of Europe's airspace on fears the ash could paralyze jet engines.

                  "It is just skirting into the Newfoundland area over the next 12 to 18 hours," Bob Syvret, duty forecaster at the Met Office, told Reuters. "It doesn't look as if it is going to get much further west than that, just on the coast and a little further inland."

                  At 1728 GMT, the Met Office issued a graphic of a map with a red line showing the volcanic plume up to an altitude of 20,000 feet. here

                  It showed the cloud jutting south from the volcano in Iceland, covering much of northern Europe and then spreading west over the Atlantic and east over Russia.

                  Estimating the density of the cloud at its extremities is difficult and warnings for aviation in North America would be a matter for U.S. and Canadian officials, Syvret added.

                  "The cloud is most likely to drift north, away from North America and toward Greenland, or southeast and back toward the Atlantic," he said. "We don't think it is going to get any further westwards."

                  Canadian officials reported no ash and a U.S. official said he expected the next map from the Met Office's London Volcanic Ash Advisory Center would show the cloud east of the Canadian coast.

                  "The Canadian meteorological service, Environment Canada folks, are not seeing any volcanic ash or sulphur dioxide clouds," said Jeff Osiensky, the volcanic ash program manager for the U.S. National Weather Service.

                  Osiensky said the ash cloud was not expected to move much further toward United States or Canada.

                  British airspace will start to reopen to flights from 0600 GMT on Tuesday after ash levels declined, air traffic controllers said earlier on Monday.


                  • Looks like there was a scare of Hekla erupting earlier... here's a webcam for Hekla -


                    • Wow! Thanks to all of you who posted those amazing pics! I'm glad that people will be able to start returning to their homes and pray that they all have safe flights.


                      • Thanks for all the updates, Zerozx.


                        • Originally posted by Megan View Post
                          Thanks for all the updates, Zerozx.
                          No problem


                          • Federal Aviation Administration supports air traffic return in Europe

                            The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expressed Monday their support of the European Commission’s decision to resume air traffic in parts of continental Europe.

                            “Safety is the main priority for both U.S. and European aviation authorities. This gradual, cautious return of operations is reliant on the track of the volcanic ash cloud which is being monitored closely.”

                            The FAA and the European Union continue to work together by sharing technical information and guidance based on previous experience with weather and volcanic events.

                            “The FAA remains ready to assist both the air carriers and our colleagues in Europe to do whatever is necessary to help stranded passengers and to safely return air service between our continents.”


                            • -edit- never mind, Megan posted it a few seconds earlier.


                              • NATS: The volcano eruption in Iceland has strengthened and a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK.

                                NATS: The latest information shows that Scottish airports should be available from 0700

                                NATS: More airspace over England may become available from 1300 although not as far south as the main London airports

                                NATS: London airports not expected to re-open tomorrow afternoon.