Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More to Come

I said there'd be more.

Grimsvotn's eruption produced an intense lightning storm. It doesn't look as impressive as Eyjafjallajokull's lightning but Grimsvotn produced 1,000 times more lightning strikes per hour.

The initial plume of ash from Grimsvotn was also higher than Eyjafjallajokull, 20 kilometres as against 8 kilometres but has now dropped to about 15 kilometres. The ash content of the cloud is much coarser and less likely to remain airbourne and be blown as far as the lighter ash of Eyjafjallajokull.

That's not to say it hasn't affected Iceland already. People have been told to stay inside, farmers are also rounding up their animals and flights have been stopped.


Andrew said...

That second place name is difficult. Can you add a sound file with the pronunciation please.

JahTeh said...

Believe me Andrew, I've heard so many pronunciations of it I wouldn't know which one to put up. And the best is an Icelandic geologist who said it so fast it was brilliant.

Jayne said...

"People have been told to stay inside, farmers are also rounding up their animals and flights have been stopped."
Some twit stole all the limelight with The Rapture nonsense so not many can afford to fly anywhere after they spent all their dosh :P

Gerry said...

WV = stona

Green Thumb Gardening said...

I find it curious how another volcanic activity is transpiring on that region of the world once again, but it affects a lot more than just that area. Perhaps there is indeed something big about to happen.

JahTeh said...

Green thumb gardening, boy have you come to the wrong blog. I am the killer of all things green, my black glance would wither cactus and cactus is what my garden is. As for Iceland, it's sitting over an enormous magma plume hence the number of volcanoes and most of those are under glaciers so when they erupt, they really go.

Bear, is that for me or your new brand of plonk?

Jayne, you don't believe in the rapture? Shame on you but then our kind of rapture is a 40 kg block of chocolate landing just to the right of our eating hand.