The volcano in Eyjafjallajökull glacier appears to be spewing as much ash as it did at the beginning of the eruption; a great plume of ash extended from the crater yesterday and last night. The phreatic eruption continues with significant force and explosive activity is increasing. The Civil Protection Department will discuss the situation today.
Ash fall in south Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The volcanic cloud reached a height of 10.5 kilometers at 7:30 pm yesterday; it extended six to seven kilometers into the air during the night. The chemical combination of the ash will be analyzed today, ruv.is reports.
Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Science, said that although the volcanic ash has reached a similar height as during the early stages of the eruption, it doesn’t appear to be as dense. He assumes the activity of the eruption will continue at the same level in the coming days.
The ash cloud is being carried either to the south or southeast and so ash caused disruption to flights in Ireland and the western British Isles during the night.
Aviation authorities in the UK announced last night that there was no ash in the country’s airspace and so all airports there opened in the morning.
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