Is another volcano about to erupt?
10th May 2010
Very possibly appears to be the answer. After Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption in Iceland its more active neighbour, Katla, could spew out even more lava, ash and devastation.We also have the latest video from Eyjafjallajokull.
This week airspace over Morroco was closed as the ash cloud continues to affect air travel.
Last week The Alps and The Pyrenees were affected by the ash cloud as airports in the two regions were closed.
Around the Alps there were restrictions in the airspace of Switzerland, Austria, northern Italy and southern Germany.
Over in The Pyrenees Spain and France had restrictions.
There is still disruption to trans-Atlantic travel as aircraft have to fly around the ash cloud that is now over 2,000km long.
We reported on the problems at the weekend here on PlanetSKI.
The ash cloud has also cost travel firms many millions in lost revenue.
Now though it is feared Katla may erupt.
There is no scientific link between the neighbouring volcanos, but history shows that when Eyjafjallajokull erupts then Katla often follows.
It is a much larger volcano.
Of the four eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull in the last 1,500 years three have been followed by Katla.
Katla is more active and erupts on average every 40 to 80 years. The last eruption took place in 1918 and scientists monitor the volcano very carefully.
Katla’s peak reaches a height of 1,493m and the surface area of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier which sits on top of it is big too – extending to 595km². It is a much larger volcano and with such a big glacier on top would cause major flooding if it erupts.
There is no sign of activity at the moment, but scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office are keeping a close eye on it.
Volcanic ash from Iceland continues to cause severe problems.
It is being carried down to North Africa and east towards Turkey, forcing authorities to shut down Casablanca airport in Morocco as well as airports in Spain and airspace over Turkey.
This latest video from Associated Press (Tuesday 11th May) shows some dramatic footage of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupting.
A few people have asked us why we are covering volcanic eruptions on a ski web site.
We first did it as it had a major impact on people returning from their Easter ski holiday.
The articles and coverage received thousands and thousands of hits so we have carried on and interest has been maintained. It is a fascinating subject and a volcano is, after all, a mountain!
And you can even ski in Iceland as this reporter told us as the volcano rather interupted her ski plans last month.
If you are new to PlanetSKI and have found us via a search engine don’t forget to look round other areas of the site.
If you are a skier or snowboarder we reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised.