Icelandic volcano remains stable 1000 passengers fly out

15:43, April 19, 2010      

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A total of 1000 passengers Sunday flew from Keflavik Icelandic International Airport to Trondheim, Northern Norway while the volcano remains calm, according to the latest news reaching here from Reykjavik.

Although the Icelandic eruption in Eyjafjallajokull was reported to have affected a lot of air traffic in northern Europe, the Icelandic International Airport has been open since the beginning of the eruption, a statement from the Iceland government website special for update news on the volcano said.

“Flights to Norway were allowed today and passengers are encouraged to monitor arrivals and departures times on text TV and on the websites of Icelandair and Icelandic Express,” the statement said.

Earlier reports say that a information meeting was held to inform the local inhabitants about the situation.

“The Met Office reports that there is no ash fall south of Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Radar images show no sign of the plume of smoke that has risen from the volcano in recent days,” the statement said.

“However, instruments still show signs of seismic activity. Changes in ash fall, seismic activity and smoke from the volcano indicate that there has been a change in the eruption but it is not possible to say what these changes are as the volcano is not visible,” the statement said.

The activity seen on instruments calmed down at around 2 am on Sunday. Since then the eruption has remained stable.

The volcanic plume reaches a height of 9 kilometers drifting to the south and it flows with wind. The volcanic fissure is about one kilometer long and stretches from north to south on the southwest part of the top crater.

In the seat of the volcano about 100 to 150 million cubic meters of the glacier have melted. This amounts to about 10 to 15 percent of the ice that has in the seat of the volcano.

The report said calderas in the ice are big enough to cause the ash to build up and form craters, separating the ice from the lava flow.

Ice is now melting slowly while a lot of water still reaches the magma to allow explosions to continue. Floods haven’t occurred since Saturday night.

The volcano has produced large amounts of ash and there have been reports of copious ash fall to the south of Eyjafjallajokull. There was no problem reported even though the ash fell in some place.

Iceland Tourism Bureau said it is still very safe to travel in Iceland. It confirms that 90 percent of the country is not affected and only some roads were damaged due to the floods caused by the melting of glacier due to the eruption.

By Xuefei Chen, People’s Daily Online correspondent in Stockholm, [email protected]


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