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Old May 8th, 2010, 11:15 PM   #141
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Over 100,000 flights canceled, 10 million pax affected, over 1B EUR in airline losses.
Damn, that certainly is not good news. Hope everything returns to normal ASAP.
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Old May 9th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #142
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Looks like my holiday in Spain will start with a flight to Paris tomorrow and a looong drive down south- all flights to Spain are currently CANCELLED.



Iceland- First they went bancrupt, now they fart with ash to fu*k everyone else. ;-)
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Old May 10th, 2010, 01:10 AM   #143
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Looks like my holiday in Spain will start with a flight to Paris tomorrow and a looong drive down south- all flights to Spain are currently CANCELLED.



Iceland- First they went bancrupt, now they fart with ash to fu*k everyone else. ;-)
(only a joke don't get mad at me you Ragnar Helgason or other X xxxson)
Bjarki Xxxxxxxxxxxson here. I'm quite furious and on my way over to kick you in the face. Well as soon as the airspace opens anyways.

Seriously though, we are starting to hate that ******* gate to hell more than anyone else. It is sort of hard to rebuilding a collapsed economy when the tourists are cancelling their trips because they are afraid that they would be consumed by molten lava if they show up.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #144
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WSJ: Europe's Aviation Industry To Test New Volcanic Ash Response System
4 March 2011
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ISTANBUL--European airlines and regulators are poised to test next month a new regional emergency response system intended to help reduce air-traffic disruptions from future volcanic ash events.

The upcoming exercise, spelled out Thursday at an aviation safety conference here, aims to validate enhanced computer models and data-sharing tools designed to avoid a repeat of last year's massive airspace shutdowns that affected more than 100,000 flights and 10 million passengers in the region.

(This story and related background material will be available on The Wall Street Journal website, WSJ.com.)

A European air-traffic control official said representatives of more than 200 entities are expected to take part in the two-day exercise, including carriers, national aviation authorities and weather experts.

Maria Cruz Garcia de Dios of Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based organization that manages air-traffic control services with the participation of more than 35 countries, told the conference the goal is to improve the accuracy and speed of information about the extent of ash contamination in the atmosphere. Improved forecasting and faster coordination of data should help depict "where the (ash) cloud is likely to be at a certain moment and altitude," she said.

By more accurately projecting the movement of ash plumes--and providing updated and detailed maps of potentially hazardous areas--Eurocontrol hopes to avoid the chaos that occurred after the 2010 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. "We have a real big interest in how it's going to help us" cope with future eruptions, said Kevin Hiatt, executive vice president of the Flight Safety Foundation, which sponsored the European safety seminar.

Overall, airlines lost an estimated $1.8 billion in revenue due to last spring's air-traffic disruptions. There also was widespread criticism of political disputes and conflicting safety analyses that kept roughly 80% of Europe's skies off limits to airliners for days.

The latest computer simulations and assessment tools won't solve the fundamental problem: safety experts, manufacturers, airlines and regulators haven't agreed on a comprehensive set of standards establishing when it's safe for aircraft fly through even low-level concentrations of ash.

Substantial research needs to be done to better understand the way volcanic ash spreads through the atmosphere. International industry and government study groups are at least months away from issuing revised safety guidelines airlines could follow. And regulators in various countries still will retain the ultimate authority to determine whether flights can operate.

But in the meantime, Eurocontrol and its partners are trying to assemble an Internet-based emergency network capable of distributing more accurate and thorough data to decision makers. The impending test "has created a great expectation," according to Garcia de Dios, and "we will be looking at the feedback provided by the different parties."

In previous years, Eurocontrol helped organize emergency-response exercises to prepare for possible volcanic eruptions. But none of those earlier tests and simulations envisioned the widespread traffic disruptions the region experienced last year.

According to Eurocontrol, the emergency system also will be able to help the region cope more effectively with the environmental impacts and other fallout from wildfires or nuclear-plant accidents.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 12:44 AM   #145
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Don't want to scare you guys, but we've just had an eruption of Grimsvotn volcano at 19:25 today local time. We don't know much yet

Waiting for more info/pictures

Some more info here

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Our Met Office confirms
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 12:53 AM   #146
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Updates comes fast in this thread with images and the latest updates from me and Icelandic forumers: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...800998&page=95

About eruption, winds and aviation: Eruption seem to be very big, larger than the previous eruptions from this volcano, ash has reached 15km as of latest reports. Winds are blowing the ash east to southeast, in direction of Mainland Europe. Expect aviation disrupts in Iceland and near Iceland. Will be interesting to see if the ash reaches Europe and what happens then.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 03:48 AM   #147
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Hopefully the eruption from this volcano won't be as bad as the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull which caused European airspace to shut down.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 09:56 AM   #148
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the eruption is already larger actually. The plume reached 20km, which is the largest eruption on Iceland since 1947.

Good news is that the ash is much coarser than the Eyjafjallajökull ash, so much less of a threat to stay in the air and disrupt air traffic over Europe. Even the no-fly zone around the volcano is relatively small compared to the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption (so far). The latest London VAAC ash models show the ash mostly around Iceland and in the North Atlantic.
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 06:59 PM   #149
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It is believed that a small subglacial lava-eruption has begun under the Dyngjujökull glacier. The aviation color code for the Bárðarbunga volcano has been changed from orange to red.
http://en.vedur.is/#tab=skjalftar

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Seismic activity at Bárðarbunga has been slowly increasing over the last weeks...
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Old August 24th, 2014, 10:18 AM   #150
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there has been 8 days of very intense earthquake activity there, some 6000-7000 earthquakes has been registered. The subglacial eruption yesterday was very very small, if there was an eruption at all. But the earthquake and tremor activity continue as before and a 5.3 and 5.1 earthquake just happened in the main caldera this night and morning.

What seems to be is that the main caldera (which is 2000m tall) is about to collapse and the magma is been forced up a massive 25km wide crack northeast of the volcano. It might just stop here, but it looks like we will get to see a eruption, fissure lavaflow style. Since it might begin under the glacier a lot of ice is going to melt and interfere with the magma. That's going to trigger more explosive eruption in the beginning causing some ash problems. Worst case is that we see a full scale caldera collapse, unlikely but Bardarbunga have had VEI 6 eruptions several times before so it can't be ruled out.

A new sharp increase in tremor started 2 hours ago, it remains to see what happens the next couple of hours.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 02:13 AM   #151
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Katla has just kicked off with some proper rumbling and if there is one Volcano that can shut down a whole continent it is Katla. It is overdue a proper eruption and Katla only does big eruptions that last for weeks on end. In the modern era of high pressure turbines nothing will fly in Europe for that time other than a few turboprops at low altitude.

Back in 2000 nearby Hekla went off and as NASA were doing a research flight nearby so they planned on avoiding it by flying 800km north of the volcano and higher than the reported ash cloud. The plan didn't work and they flew into the ash plume for 7 minutes and caused $3.2m worth of damage to their 4 early model high bypass CFM56 turbines.

Naturally, being NASA, they published an interesting report about it with photos and stuff, well worth a read here ( 22 pages or so)

http://www3.alpa.org/portals/alpa/vo...8AshDamage.pdf

Last year NASA did some more research on Volcanic Ash so they dug up a whole load of volcanic ash and deliberately blasted it into a surplus Stealth Fighter engine while running. The full results are due any day now and the project has a very good description page here.

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/...e-test-results

The only question now perhaps is whether we get the full NASA report published before Katla goes off.
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