Volcanic eruption in Iceland: the Europeans are preparing for the worst

 

To Europe again moves the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn. The air space above the Iceland already closed. In other countries, hoping that the events of last spring, when because of another Icelandic volcano, thousands of flights were canceled, yet avoided.

 

Country geysers, like a year ago, is again in the headlines. Grimsvont — the most active volcano in the island state spews ash column to a height of 20 kilometers. Authorities initially suspend work the capital's airport, and then completely close the air space of the country. In the area of a radius of 220 kilometers a ban on flights.

 

 

"Grimsvotn erupts frequently — once every 6-7 years. Its activity we saw in the fall, so the eruption itself was not a surprise, but its scope is really surprising. This is perhaps the most powerful eruption of the volcano in the last decade, which means that the ashes will be spaced wind for miles around, "- says geophysicist Paul Einarsson, professor of geology of Iceland.

 

 

Local people are now hesitant to go out. Visibility on the roads almost zero, the land is a thick layer of dust. The sky darkens over the capital of the hour. Those who have to be outside, do not part with respirators for a minute.

 

 

"The weather changed very dramatically. Scott had to drive into the room when the eruption began. To have to be with nature, "- says the farmer.

 

 

A cloud of volcanic ash has reached in Norway. And while meteorologists forecasts are not encouraging millions of Europeans. If the activity continues, tomorrow will be the next victim of the volcano Scotland. On Thursday or Friday, smoke may cover the entire UK and then France and Spain. This is in anticipation of the summer months, when most of the inhabitants of the Old World are buying tickets and go to the long-awaited vacation. Major international airlines warned about the threat of cancellation of hundreds of flights. Hosts airlines already terrified count losses.

"If there is a very strong eruption, it can lead to a reduction of solar radiation, that is, cooling will be. That was in 1991, when Mount Pinatubo erupted volcano in the Philippines. Then within a year the temperature around the equator dropped by two degrees. But then it all vanished, "- explains Nicholas Koronovskii, head of Dynamic Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Many in memory in April last year. Then another volcano Eyjafjallajökull caused major disruptions in the postwar period in air communication. Almost a week hundreds of European airports were closed. 100,000 flights were canceled and more than eight million passengers slept right in the waiting rooms. Although experts unanimously assert that the ash from Grimsvotn crater heavier and settles quickly, many in Europe are preparing for the worst.

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