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2010-05-27 13:05:00

According to experts, an Icelandic volcano neighboring Eyjafjoell, whose eruptions paralyzed Europe's skies last month, could come to life in the near future. "An eruption in the short term is a strong possibility," experts said, referring to Katla, which is much larger than Eyjafjoell, in a report from the University College London (UCL) Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. The researchers said that Europe's skies were likely to be hit by further ash cloud shutdowns, following April's...

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2010-05-27 08:30:32

In the first peer-reviewed scientific paper to be published about the Icelandic volcano since its eruption in April 2010, UK researchers write that the ash plume which hovered over Scotland carried a significant and self-renewing electric charge. The volcano-chasing researchers argue this adds a further dimension to understanding the detailed nature of volcanic plumes and their effects on air travel. The paper, to be published May 27 in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, is...

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2010-05-14 06:20:00

An Internet company from Iceland has capitalized on the volcanic ash plume that led to Europe's biggest aerial shutdown since World War II by turning the crisis into a charity money-maker, its chief executive said on Thursday. The online company, nammi.is, which sells a variety of products from the north Atlantic island, is selling 5.5 ounce jars of the ash from the Eyjafjoell volcano for $29.90 (23.80 euros), with all proceeds going to charity. Since the company began selling the ash 10...

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2010-04-21 12:30:00

The development of the ash plume from Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano between April 17-20 is tracked in this series of Envisat images. On April 17th and 19th, the brown-coloured ash plume is visible travelling in a roughly southeasterly direction over the Atlantic Ocean by the prevailing western air current. By April 20th, much less ash is visible spewing from the volcano. In the latest Envisat image (below) acquired today at 13:36 CEST, even less ash is visible. Envisat has...

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2010-04-19 15:20:00

NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites fly around the world every day capturing images of weather, ice and land changes. Over the last three days these satellites have provided visible and infrared imagery of the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Eyjafjallajökull is pronounced similar to "EYE-a-fyat-la-yu-goot," and it is still spewing ash into the atmosphere. Volcanic eruptions are important sources of gases, such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and volcanic ash (aerosols)...

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2010-04-19 15:10:00

New techniques under development could provide better tracking of volcanic plumes A University at Buffalo volcanologist, an expert in volcanic ash cloud transport, published a paper recently showing how the jet stream "“ the area in the atmosphere that pilots prefer to fly in "“ also seems to be the area most likely to be impacted by plumes from volcanic ash. "That's a problem," says Marcus I. Bursik, PhD, one of the foremost experts on volcanic plumes and their effect on aviation...

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2010-04-16 15:15:00

Thousands of planes are grounded across Europe due to the spread of volcanic ash following the recent eruption under Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull glacier. Volcanic eruptions eject large amounts of ash and trace gases such as sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere, often reaching the altitudes of scheduled flights. When flying through a volcanic ash cloud, ash particles enter the jet engines which can result in engine failure. The ash can also severely damage the material of the aircraft, clog its...

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2010-04-16 14:30:00

The volcanic eruption in Iceland that has put a halt to air traffic throughout much of Europe could also cause trouble for people with already significant breathing problems, according to the World Health Organization on Friday. The agency has yet to establish what health risks could be involved with this specific eruption, but once the ash clouds settle the effects on health could be dangerous and widespread. "Any particulate matter that is deposited, breathed into the lungs is dangerous...

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2010-04-16 07:45:00

European air travel was in a state of chaos early Friday morning, as the continued eruption of ash from a volcano in Iceland has forced airports across the continent and in the UK to close. According to Patrick Donahue of Bloomberg.com, airports in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden were closed as of 7:00am CDT. Furthermore, Vienna Airport in Austria was scheduled to be closed at 6:00pm local time, and many flights out...

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2010-04-16 06:30:00

The erupting Icelandic volcano that disrupted air traffic across Europe early Thursday worsened as the day went on, causing concern for health authorities in several countries. The volcano, which is located under the ice cap of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, began erupting early Wednesday morning. As of 5:00pm CDT on Thursday, it not only remained active, spewing forth massive amounts of ash and smoke some 40-hours later, but started to grow even more intense, according to what University of...


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