Icelandair’s jet liner Eyjafjallajökull landed in Washington DC last night. The flight is the first scheduled flight available between Washington and Iceland. Icelandair’s jets all have names, either female names or the names of glaciers, waterfalls or volcanoes in Iceland. The recent addition, Eyjafjallajökull, is very fitting as it is named after the volcano that halted all flights in Europe for several periods in 2010. Icelandair which has always rated highly for punctuality, was actually able to maintain its schedule better than most European airlines.
In any case this means that there is no reason why you guys that live in Washington don’t pop over this summer.
Anonymous asked: how many tonnes of ash fell from eyjaffajokull or whatever in 2010 overall
I don’t know how much ash fell from Eyjafjallajökull overall and can’t find any numbers for it. However the flow of ash went up to around 750 tonnes per second. That is the estimated maximum, but it was generally between 10 and 400 tonnes per second. I can’t find an average over that period, but if we guess that the average was 100 tonnes per second for three months, then we get around 250 million tonnes. 250 million tonnes happens to be the amount of garbage the USA produces each year. In any case the number becomes quite difficult to imagine.
I remember an interview with Ólafur Eggertsson, farmer at Þorvaldseyri, closest to the volcano. He was saying that he’d cleared several hundred tonnes from his farmfields. However he was still nowhere near what poured out in one second.
It is now one year since the eruption in the Eyjafjallajökull volcano began last year. The eruption began on the 14th of April, 2010 following the small, but beautiful eruption on Fimmvörðuháls. The eruption became known worldwide as it disturbed flights around the northern hemisphere, creating the greatest disruption of flights since WW2. Up to 800 tonnes of ash per second, totaling at around 250 million cubic meters of ash (that’s a lot) were churned out into the air, up to 9 kilometers up.
Check out lots of posts about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption or view an Icelandic news clip from today about the eruption and its current effects.