Friday, April 16, 2010
Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption PART II 2010
FIRST ONE- ASH CLOUD OVER BERGEN,NORWAY ON 15TH APRIL
SECOND ONE- A VIEW OF THE ASH CLOUD FROM GOOGLE EARTH
THIRD ONE- NEW BAND OF ASH CLOUD AS SEEN ON 07:30GMT,15TH APRIL
CANCEL CANCEL CANCEL
This is what being seen at London's heathrow airport since 19:20GMT,April 15th 2010.
The Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted on April 14th. It is expected that this eruption is 10-20 times stronger than what happened on March 20 2010. On 20th March, Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted after 1821-23. After a brief pause, the volcano re-erupted on 14th Apr.This eruption has pumped a lot of ash in atmosphere creating noted ash clouds visible by satellite imagery. The last report of ash cloud was of 15th april where the ash cloud rose to 55000ft or 17000m. At this height, the narrow air currents or jet streams are active from apx. Western to Eastern Europe. It has been clear that these ash clouds are being taken over MAINLAND of Europe by the jet streams. The eruption is still in process which means more ash. The airports in Europe were closed just when the ash clouds were seen. Aircrafts fly mostly at heights above 25000ft upto 40000ft. Ash clouds not only affect the visibility but also can damage the flight engines leading to stoppage in combustion and putting life in danger.
EFFECT ON AIR TRAFFIC
As a result of the eruption there were significant flight delays in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, with a number of major European airports being closed. and Belgium's airspace closed at 14:30 GMT. It was then announced that Denmark's airspace was to close at 16:00 GMT and Sweden's airspace at 20:00 GMT. The airspace of The Netherlands closed at 17:00 GMT. Poland closed the north part of the airspace at 20.00 Warsaw time. Finland closed its airspace at 21:00 UTC having closures before that in Northern, Western and Central parts of Finland. Closures in Germany were also announced. Also the Czech Republic had to deal with many delays and closed airports in the northern part of the country.
THE PRESENT SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATING A NEW BAND OF ASH CLOUDS HAS BEEN GENERATED AND THIS TIME PRETTY DENSE. ACCORDING TO ME, THIS WILL AGAIN KEEP THE AIRPORTS CLOSE FOR THE ENTIRE DAY THE CLOUDS ARE MOVING NOW WITH SOME AFFECTING IN 2-3 HRS.
HEATHROW AIRPORT STATUS
Flight cancellation update
Last updated: 09:10, 16 April 2010
Flights are cancelled at all London airports, until at least 01:00 on Saturday 17 April. This is due to volcanic ash spreading across the UK from Iceland which has caused the closure of English airspace by the UK air traffic control service (NATS).
Passengers should contact their airline for re-ticketing information.
NATS has advised that flights between Glasgow, Northern Ireland, Western Isles and North Atlantic may be allowed up to 19:00 (UK time) on Friday 16 April, subject to local weather conditions.
We strongly advise passengers to check with their airline for further details before travelling to the airport.
NATS will make a further announcement around 14:30 today, Friday 16 April. We will continue to update this site with the latest information available.
We are sorry for the disruption and inconvenience this will cause.
PROBLEMS IN ICELAND AND NEARBY AREAS
THE VOLCANO ERUPTION IMMEDIATELY STARTED AFFECTING LOCAL PEOPLE. for march eruption 500 FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE EVACUATED. THE PRESENT TOLL IS TOO HIGH FOR EVACUATION ADDED BY FLOODS DUE TO MELTING OF WATER.ACCOMODATION PROBLEMS COUPLED BY LOW TEMPERATURE AND DRY WINDS ARE CREATING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE OVER THERE. THE ENTIRE VOLCANO AREA HAS BEEN EVACUATED.
IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH THE VOLCANO ERRUPTS. THE ASH CLOUD IS LIKELY TO MOVE WITH THE JET STREAMS. AS JUST NOW I HEARD FROM MR. GENE MOORE, A METEOROLOGIST IN USA CONDITIONS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BECOME SEVERE AS HAD BEEN IN 1991 BY MT.PINATUBO ERUPTION WHICH WAS SECOND BIGGEST WITH VEI 6. Eyjafjallajokull,14TH APRIL VEI CAN BE 3-4 AS PER EXPERTS. THE ASH CLOUD CAN LIKELY AFFECT AIR TRAFFIC IN GULF COUNTRIES WITH LESS THREAT TO INDIA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA. ALSO WINTER CONDITIONS OVER EUROPE DUE TO Eyjafjallajokull IS LESS POSSIBLE.