Ash from Iceland volcano eruption

A volcanic eruption has started under the top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland, producing plumes of steam rising up to 5,000 feet over the glacier.

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier before eruption

The eruption has created a large hole in the glacier, as well as a fissure that is forming under the glacier, which is now around 2 kilometers (1 mi) long.

People in the area have been evacuated because of massive flooding due to meltwater from the glacier. This is the second volcanic eruption in this area recently. On March 21th, a volcanic eruption occurred in Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. The current eruption appears to be much more powerful.

According to the UK Air Traffic Control Service NATS, ash coming from an active volcano in Iceland could disrupt flights coming out and into the UK.

According to NATS, a decision had been made to prohibit flights coming out of northern Scotland; Aberdeen Airport in particular is expected to have “considerable impact”. The move was made after the Met Office advised NATS that volcanic ash can damage a jet’s engines.

Volcanic ash, if it comes into contact with an aircraft, can cause machinery to become stuck, and jet engines to jam and fail, or possibly even enter the cabin and affect the passengers’ air quality.

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