I’m not sure that on Thursday many of us expected to still be talking about the volcano in Iceland this evening.
The event has totally captured me. I am fascinated by the way the ash has travelled so far, how it is still lingering after several days, how much chaos it has caused. It is yet another example of how nature has such power – both in an amazing and fabulous way as well as in a scary and unmatchable way.
The explanation given with the photograph says:
Why did the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland create so much ash? Although the large ash plume was not unparalleled in its abundance, its location was particularly noticeable because it drifted across such well populated areas. The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland began erupting on March 20, with a second eruption starting under the center of small glacier on April 14. Neither eruption was unusually powerful. The second eruption, however, melted a large amount of glacial ice which then cooled and fragmented lava into gritty glass particles that were carried up with the rising volcanic plume. Pictured above two days ago, lightning bolts illuminate ash pouring out of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
This is what the BBC says about the ash cloud: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8627253.stm
This evening it has been announced that UK airspace will begin to reopen in the morning, but with thousands of people all over the place and the planes not at the right airports it is likely to take days to get things moving properly again.
My thoughts and prayers are with anyone who is away from loved ones for longer than anticipated due to the ash cloud, and especially for those who need to travel for unexpected reasons and cannot.