Iceland Volcano Eruption Closes International Airport

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted May 22nd 2011 10:45 AM



The eruption sent ash 12 miles into the air, closing the Keflavik airport at 4:30am on Sunday, MSNBC reports.

Airport operator ISAVIA said in a statement: "The ash distribution forecast over the next six hours shows that the ash from the volcano will spread over Iceland today, leading to the closure of most Icelandic airports as the day goes on."

An airport spokesperson said that the ash plume was covering Iceland but it didn't seem to be heading east to Europe, which happened last year, but was instead blowing west towards Greenland.

Trans-Atlantic flights were being diverted away from Iceland, but there is no indication that widespread disruptions would occur.

Last year's eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano shut the airspace in 34 countries over fears that ash particles could cause jet engines to stop, the Telegraph reports. It was the largest closure of airports since World War II.

UPDATE 5/23:

Although authorities claimed European air space would not be affected by the eruption of Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano, dense ash is now entering Scotland's air space and could disrupt flights as soon as Monday night, the British Met Office said.

Met spokesman David Britton said a high-density ash cloud was expected to cover parts of Scotland by 6am Tuesday.

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CNN interviewed a hotel staffer near the volcano. Check out that interview below:
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With any luck at all maybe it will keep the Prez grounded in Europe so he can't waste any additional money or knowing how most of Europe feel about him they will put him in a row boat back to the US.

May 23 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dam that George Bush for making that volcano erupt.

May 23 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

What would their ‘carbon foot print’ cost them, if Al Gore had his way with charging countries for such outputs? Does this count in Iceland’s total output of gasses and dirt into the atmosphere?

May 23 2011 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most people seem to think the earth is stable and unchanging as we see it today. Wrong. The earth has been in constant change for billions of years. It isn't going to stop the process because man has inhabited all the continents and has built homes, cities and etc. The earth will continue to change, volcanoes will continue to form and erupt, the continents will continue to drift. Some day in the future man may drive across a bridge from New York to Europe or from California to Japan. Science tells us that at one time all the continents were one huge land mass and it took billions of years to separate into the current arrangement of continents we have now. Why would the earth suddenly stop changing?

May 23 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joebudgie's comment

Because it can?

May 23 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not more religious people, putting "God" into every event...
Look wasn't that stupid non-raputure event enough to prove that only you ignorant humans make this stuff up, there is no God, it's all made up by the human mind...

There is a cause and effect for everything that happens, and nothing intervenes in the process or outcome that can not be calculated as a reason why.

May 23 2011 at 3:12 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jragga's comment

Why do you feel the need to brag that you do not believe in God?

May 23 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Even most Christians didn't believe the rapture would happen Saturday, because the Bible says that no one knows when it will happen, not even Jesus. So when someone predicts it, it's not gonna happen that day :-)

May 23 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

No, It's just God looking out for the U.S. I hope. Maybe Obama will have to stay there for a few years. Please Please God Pretty Please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 23 2011 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rcarr80807's comment

Frankly I wish Obama would stay home. Every time he opens his mouth he embarasses every U.S. Citizen.

May 23 2011 at 3:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joebudgie's comment

Only the citizen with a brain, and we're seeing fewer and fewer every year, it seems.

May 23 2011 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

DJSBuick: I think you are right...but I think Mother Earth has been pushed as far as she will take and she is starting to push back!

May 23 2011 at 2:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Here we go again. I'm beginning to think Mother Earth is going through menopause or something. Tornados, tsunamis, and now volcanoes.

May 23 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Not again!!!!!!!!!!

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