Iceland’s Grimsvotn Volcano Erupts

Posted on May 23, 2011

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On Saturday, May 21st 2011, a lot of people were gathering themselves for the end of the world. However, the only thing that ended, was the dramatic wait for the eruption of Iceland’s Grimsvotn Volcano.
Unlike last years eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, so far, scientists have not predicted any disaster of the same scale. When the volcano initially began erupting, 800 people were immediately evacuated. The second eruption forced air traffic to come to a halt all over Europe, for 5 days, as its ash cloud spread through the air, making it too dangerous for air travel.

However, Saturdays volcanic activity has been ruled out of measuring up to the same scale. Scientists have pressed that this eruption will not devastate Europe as much as Eyjafjallajökull, despite it being a bigger eruption. This is because the ash being blown into the atmosphere is larger. Last years eruption contained fine particles of ash that would easily get into engines and plane parts, causing crashes and forced landings.

As far as desruption to Europe goes, the Icelandic Meteorological Office has stated that the majority of the ash is being blown in the direction of Greenland, though officials in Scotland are expecting some ash to reach them within the next few days.

Travellers have been warned to check with their airlines before travelling.

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