An eruption of a volcano in Iceland stopped air traffic

08-03-2018 hevrun
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A huge cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland yesterday became the skies of northern Europe into an area unfit to fly, leaving hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded. The volcano began erupting on Wednesday for the second time in a month from below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, hurling into the air a cloud of ash 6 to 11 kilometers southeast spread overnight.
The organization of air safety in Europe explained that the disruption could last at least two more days. It is not a question of lack of visibility. This type of ash is formed by small particles "highly abrasive" dust that can affect the operation of the turbines of aircraft engines. In addition, easily it absorbs water, which can cause short circuits and damage the electronics. According to experts, the effect of fly ash with these amounts through a "sandblasted to 800 kilometers per hour."

Satellite image

The European Space Agency has released a photograph taken by the Envisat satellite in which one can distinguish "the vast volcanic cloud moving across the UK from the eruption in Iceland, more than 1,000 kilometers away." "The ash, which can be seen as a large vein in the image, drag from west to east at an altitude of about 11 km above the surface of the Earth," ESA said in a statement.