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Volcanic ash disrupts airspace

Thousands of European flights canceled; officials unsure of when flying may resume


Massive clouds of ash belching out of a volcano in Iceland have grounded flights across northern Europe and the U.K. and forced emergency officials to evacuate hundreds away from the glacier near the eruption. The air traffic problem stems from the abrasiveness of the volcanic ash, which is made up of 0.001mm to two mm chunks of volcanic rock, minerals and glass. The gritty particles can sand the paint off a plane’s exterior, completely shut down its engines, and make the flight extremely unpleasant for passengers when sucked into ventilation systems. Travel could be delayed for some time, and could easily be interrupted if the eruptions reoccur—the volcano is expected to continue erupting for days or weeks. This isn’t the first time volcanos have hampered flights, about 100 planes ran into volcanic ash between 1983 and 2000, including two flights that fell several thousands of metres after losing power, narrowly avoiding crashing before their engines restarted.

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Volcanic ash disrupts airspace

  1. One good thing may come out of this. If enough ash is spewed out, it will trigger a global cooling and give the polar bears a much needed temporary reprieve.
    Also the grounding of all those flights will cause a temporary clearing of the skies as happened over the USA after 9/11.

    • Does it really count as a "clearing" if it's full of ash instead?

      But yes, this much ash should cause a temporary dip in the temperatures. Unfortunately, it's likely the CO2 spewed at the same time will tend to accelerate things thereafter.

      • I don't think it's anywhere near the level of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, which caused a .5 drop in global temperature in 1992.

  2. Yeah, you have a point about clearing skies. We may get amazing sunsets and sunrises is some areas due to the suspended particles.
    The famed explosion of the Indonesian volanco, Krakatoa, in 1883 was massive and certainly makes the Iceland disturbance look mickey mouse.
    "The year following the eruption, global temperatures were lowered by as much as 1.2 degree C on the average. Weather patterns continued to be chaotic for years and there were major climatological changes which affected the entire globe. Temperatures did not return to normal until five years later, in 1888." – some article I read

  3. Has anybody wondered if this is the work of the Illuminati?
    What a signature statement huhh!