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New eruption starting in Iceland? (merged)

Old 21st May 2011, 19:01
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New eruption starting in Iceland? (merged)

Here is the link (in Icelandic):
Gos ađ hefjast i Grímsvötnum - mbl.is

Grímsvötn are located under Vatnajökull glacier, and have seen 13 eruptions since 1902.

The article sais that definite signs of impending eruption were observed by the Icelandic Meteorology office around 18:00 UTC, and a meteorologist is quoted: "all signs point to an impending eruption in the area."
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Old 21st May 2011, 19:17
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Looks like something is cooking in the north :

Vatnajökull - earthquakes during the last 48 hours (Preliminary results) | Vatnajökull | Earthquakes - all regions | Seismicity | Icelandic Meteorological office

Better bring a clean pair of underwear on my flight tomorrow
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Old 21st May 2011, 19:38
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I don't think we'll need to worry about similar consequences to air travel as last year when Eyjafjallajökull blasted it's ash towards Europe. Grímsvötn are more active but the eruptions are generally a lot smaller and more touristy.

I remember well the last one in 2004, and it caused little if any trouble to domestic flights.
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Old 21st May 2011, 20:30
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It's confirmed. Grimsvotn is erupting:

Scientists: Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano erupting
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That aint no small eruption either, South Iceland | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Old 21st May 2011, 21:01
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So it begins:

FVXX01 EGRR 212007
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20110521/1900Z
VAAC: LONDON
VOLCANO: GRIMSVOTN 1703-01
PSN: N6425 W01720
AREA: ICELAND
SUMMIT ELEV: 1725
ADVISORY NR: 2011/001
INFO SOURCE: ICELANDIC MET OFFICE
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: UNKNOWN
ERUPTION DETAILS: PLUME FROM GRIMSVOTN EXPECTED TO 11000M
OBS VA DTG: 21/1900Z
OBS VA CLD: NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 22/0100Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 22/0700Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 22/1300Z NO VA EXP
RMK: IMO REPORTED POSSIBLE ERUPTION 201105211900Z. IMO
CONFIRMED REPORT AS AIRCRAFT REPORTS VISIBLE WHITE PLUME
OVER VOLCANO AT 15000 TO 18000FT BUT TURNING BLACK AT
BOTTOM, INDICATING PRESENCE OF ASH. ALSO ON IR AND ASH
SATELLITE IMAGERY.
NXT ADVISORY: 201105212200Z=
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Old 21st May 2011, 21:07
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Grimsvotn Erupting

The Associated Press: Scientists: Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano erupting

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Old 21st May 2011, 21:13
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A-NOTAM no. 0182/11 Volcanic Eruption in Grimsvotn
(A0182/11 NOTAMN
Q) BIRD/QWWXX/IV/NBO/W/000/999/6425N01719W120
A) BIRD
B) 1105211939 C) 1105212359
E) VOLCANIC ERUPTION REPORTED IN VOLCANO GRIMSVOTN 1703-01 6425N01719W ICELAND-S. VOLCANIC ASHCLOUD REPORTED REACHING FL300. AIRCRAFT ON IFR CLEARANCE ARE REQUIRED TO REMAIN CLEAR OF DANGER AREA WICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED WITHIN 120NM RADIUS FROM THE POSITION 64N01530W AND MAINTAIN WATCH FOR NOTAM/SIGMET FOR BIRD AREA. NO IFR CLEARANCE WILL BE ISSUED PENETRATING THE DANGER AREA.
F) SFC G) UNL)
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Old 21st May 2011, 21:29
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A small amount of plugging here, but this page is worth keeping an eye on:
EUMETSAT IPPS animation - Meteosat 0 degree Ash Iceland

In the latest 2 images it's quite clear to see the ash. Hopefully this Volcano will cause less issues than the last one.
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Very recent sat pix

Weather Europe, Satellite Weather Europe, Weather Forecast, Rainfall, Clouds, Sun in Europe - Source: SAT24.com
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Old 21st May 2011, 22:17
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You might like to check and play this Simonpro.

Satellitt: Europa

21:00 - BANG, up she goes. Worth to play the full sequence.
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Old 21st May 2011, 23:15
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I flew past it earlier tonight, the ash/steam cloud has a similar shape as a mushroom, and stretches well above 30.000 feet. The wind is Northerly but the cloud appears stationary. It looks a lot bigger than the last eruption in the same area back in November 2004.
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I fly 4 holers but I'd be curious if Keflavik is still open and whether this latest volcano affects ETOPs twin-engine aircraft over the Atlantic.
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I fly 4 holers but I'd be curious if Keflavik is still open and whether this latest volcano affects ETOPs twin-engine aircraft over the Atlantic.
Well now they're closing KEF from 0930z.
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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/aviation...1306043199.png

this is looking familiar, according to a local newsperson, who has seen over 30 volcanos this is the biggest ploom he has ever seen, bigger than the one last year, lets hope for the best
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Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, said the 2010 eruption was a rare event.
"The ash in Eyjafjallajokull was persistent or unremitting and fine-grained," he said.
"The ash in Grimsvotn is more coarse and not as likely to cause danger as it falls to the ground faster and doesn't stay as long in the air as in the Eyjafjallajokull eruption."

BBC News - Iceland volcano: Grimsvotn eruption hits local flight

So, wrong kind of ash. Ash is to airlines as snow is to British Rail !!!!!!
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