Grimsvotn volcano erupts, flights cancelled in Iceland (Video)

By on May 23, 2011 in Environment, Europe, Natural Disasters, World Comments

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It was reported, May 22, 2011 by The Sun, that an Icelandic volcano, Grimsvotn, erupts and spews ash 12 miles into the sky.

As reported, the eruption forced Iceland authorities to close its main international airport and cancelled domestic flights.

It was noted that, last year another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokul, erupted that led to the closure of most of Europe‘s airspace.

Apparently, officials feared that ash particles could cause engine trouble for the aircraft, and that the shutting down of airports caused chaos to millions of air travelers.

It was quoted in the reports that, Hjordis Gudmundsdottir, a spokeswoman for the Isavia civil aviation authority said: “We have closed the area until we know better what effect the ash will have.”

However, based on reports, officials say the eruption is not likely to have the same serious impact as Eyjafjallajokul last year.

As reported, Geologist Pall Eniersson was quoted, “The ash in Eyjafjallajokull was persistent or unremitting and fine-grained.”

“The ash in Grimsvotn is more coarse and not as likely to cause danger as it falls to the ground faster and doesn’t stay as long in the air as in the Eyjafjallajokull eruption,” he adds.

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