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The Iceland Volcano Thread

  • 15-04-2010 8:10am
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    Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    This morning parts of UK Airspace were closed as the ash erupted from the Eyjafjol volcano (starting yesterday) drifted across it. Ths stuff is pretty deadly if it gets into aircraft engine intakes.

    The airspace closure so far affects Scotland and NI so far but the cloud is drifting south.

    Current visible imagery shows strong drifting ash plumes north of scotland.

    Eyjafjallajokull could bang on for years...or stop tomorrow. Its neigbour Ole Dirty Bastard could possibly erupt too. I thought it was time to open a thread to monitor this ash cloud and the volume and force of the eruption because Icelandic volcanos can have a profound effect on weather and always have done.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/#eyjafjol

    At 2300 on 13 April, a seismic swarm was detected below the central part of Eyjafjöll, W of the previous eruption fissures. About an hour later, the onset of seismic tremor heralded an eruption from a new vent on the S rim of the central caldera, capped by Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The eruption was visually confirmed early in the morning on 14 April; an eruption plume rose at least 8 km above the glacier. Meltwater flowed to the N and S. News outlets reported that a circular ice-free area about 200 m in diameter was seen near the summit. Scientists conducting an overflight saw a new 2-km-long, N-S-trending fissure, and ashfall to the E. About 700 people were ordered to evacuate the area, and certain flights were banned from flying N and E of the eruption area. Flooding increased throughout the day, causing road closures and some structural damage.



    Geologic Summary. Eyjafjöll (also known as Eyjafjallajökull) is located immediately west of Katla volcano. Eyjafjöll consists of an E-W-trending, elongated ice-covered basaltic-andesite stratovolcano with a 2.5-km-wide summit caldera. Fissure-fed lava flows occur on both the eastern and western flanks of the volcano, but are more prominent on the western side. Although the 1666-m-high volcano has erupted during historical time, it has been less active than other volcanoes of Iceland's eastern volcanic zone, and relatively few Holocene lava flows are known. The sole historical eruption of Eyjafjöll, prior to an eruption in 2010, produced intermediate-to-silicic tephra from the central caldera during December 1821 to January 1823.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    The Excellent Icelandic Weather site is monitoring progress of the volcano. Keep an eye on that as your primary source. There was a recent plan to install a weather radar in Eastern Iceland ( they only have one in the west) PRIMARILY to detect Ash from icelandic Volcanoes but it has not been installed yet.

    http://en.vedur.is/


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Pity this is drfiting south east cos we could have had a nice sunset this evening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,515 ✭✭✭ irish1967


    The effect of this eruption on air traffic can be clearly seen here

    http://www.radarvirtuel.com/

    At time of posting there are no planes north of Dublin for the British Isles :eek:


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    Looks like ALL Norwegian Airports are closed

    http://www.avinor.no/en/avinor/airports

    Oslo hs just been closed completely/
    All air traffic to and from Oslo Airport are cancelled from 10:00 a.m. due to the ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. All passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for further information. We'll be back with more information as the situation develops.

    Copenhagen is still open as I write

    http://www.cph.dk/CPH/UK/MAIN/


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,700 ✭✭✭ Brian


    In Dublin airport now, all flights to the UK are cancelled... Got a concert in London to get to this evening...


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,515 ✭✭✭ irish1967


    Baza210 wrote: »
    In Dublin airport now, all flights to the UK are cancelled... Got a concert in London to get to this evening...

    :( Even if the airports re-open in the next few hours the backlog is going to be horrendous.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    We can escape south right now but the plume will be over us by tomorrow night latest. Aer Arann is yer only man after that :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 768 Victor Meldrew




  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 16,116 Mod ✭✭✭✭ DOCARCH


    mike65 wrote: »
    Pity this is drfiting south east cos we could have had a nice sunset this evening.

    Evelyn on the radio said that plume should spread into the south east by evening, so you might get your nice sunset.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,037 ✭✭✭ crazyderk


    that website http://www.radarvirtuel.com/ is class!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Move it north of the default view!.


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,087 ✭✭✭✭ Big Nasty


    Will we get any ash fallout from this?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,134 maquiladora


    All London airports will be closing within 3 hours.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,517 ✭✭✭ jambofc


    irish1967 wrote: »
    The effect of this eruption on air traffic can be clearly seen here

    http://www.radarvirtuel.com/

    At time of posting there are no planes north of Dublin for the British Isles :eek:

    that is mad looking,nothing north of dublin here or uk :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,515 ✭✭✭ irish1967


    Any news on Dublin Airport?? Surely it cant last long.

    Ash fallout..:eek: dam just polished the car last night !


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,134 maquiladora


    No flights permitted into any UK airspace from 12.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,764 ✭✭✭ rameire


    just wondering if anybody would be able to attach a pic of the website showing no planes north of dublin.
    As i cannot access the website or view pics that are embedded on the thread while in work.

    thanks in advance.


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 252 ✭✭ viclemronny


    Is it likely that flights from london to dublin tomorrow morning will be cancelled. How long can we expect there to be no air travel between dublin and london.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,515 ✭✭✭ irish1967


    airtraffic.jpg


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,134 maquiladora


    'The Irish Aviation Authority has said Irish airspace is to close at midday and will remain closed until 8pm tonight causing major disruption for thousands of people.'

    http://breakingnews.ie/ireland/irish-airspace-to-close-and-leave-thousands-stranded-453995.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,515 ✭✭✭ irish1967


    Is this going to be visible from the ground?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,355 ✭✭✭ Popoutman


    This is fun.
    I'm in London for work, and I'm due to fly home tonight and back out on Monday to London.

    It'll be a bit weird not hearing any planes in London...

    The footage I've seen of the meltwater is thoroughly scary as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,134 maquiladora


    irish1967 wrote: »
    Is this going to be visible from the ground?

    Caller to BBC News from Shetland is saying they can smell it in the air there now.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 Nuria_BA


    For safety reasons and on the direction from Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) a decision has been made to cancel a number of flights and close all London airports.

    All the latest information on British Airways flights (including refund/rebooking options) are on ba.com http://bit.ly/cSII0t

    If you're travelling today (15 April), you should check your flight status on http://bit.ly/cVroIE or http://ba2go.com (on your mobile).


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,852 ✭✭✭ pauldry


    Volcano Day!

    I knew boards wouldnt let me down

    See it on the www.sat24.com website.

    It looks like falling on our cars from middle of day for a couple of hours.

    :rolleyes:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,943 ✭✭✭ abouttobebanned


    "oh yeah...she was taking me over and oh yeah it was the start of the summer"

    they knew. (sorry)


  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭✭ RockPaper


    The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre latest predictions, the red line shows the area of dispersion


    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/aviation/vaac/data/VAG_1271309704.png


  • Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭ Celtic Mech


    Volcanic Ash Advisory from London - Issued graphics


    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/aviation/vaac/vaacuk_vag.html


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    Advisories are issued by a global network of Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres and the UK Met Office hosts the UK and Ireland ( and Atlantic) centre.

    Up to date advisories are available from here

    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/aviation/vaac/vaacuk_vag.html

    This is the 06:35 UTC plume estimate.

    VAG_1271309704.png


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