Saturday, April 17, 2010

Eyjafallajokull - Heavy Ash fall to day and Lightening

Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management emphasise that "Eyjafjallajokull" glacier and the foothills around the area is closed to the public. Local changes in wind direction combined with heavy ash fall and lightening around the ash plume create hazardous conditions.
The volcanic eruption under "Eyjafjallajokull" glacier has shown signs of increasing activity throughout the morning. Significant amounts of ash have fallen in inhabited areas to the south of the glacier and extending as far to the west as "Saudhusvellir", close to "Skogará", and to "Mýrdalssandur" in the east. Ash fall has significantly affected visibility in localised areas to the south of the glacier and around "Núpur" making travel by vehicle impossible for a while. Lightening has been reported in the volcano’s ash plume.

The Police are enforcing travel restrictions in and around the area. National Route 1 is closed to traffic between "Hvolsvollur" and "Skógará". Route 261, "Fljotshlídarvegur" is closed from "Smáratún". Police report heavy traffic towards "Hvolsvollur". Police point out that, unlike the eruption "Fimmvörduháls", the eruption under the "Eyjafjallajokull" glacier cannot be considered a tourist destination. The situation in and around the area of the glacier is hazardous.
Practically all flights over mid, north and eastern Europe have been cancelled today.The VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advisory Center) advisory forecast until midnight tonight indicates that this situation will remain unchanged for the time being. The volcano has not effected the possibility to fly to and from America from Iceland.