Eyjafjallajokull wreaks havoc on global travel [1]

By Dian Hasan | May 23, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland and volcanic ash, are three names and words that have become inseparable from in one sentence. They have been making global headlines since the volcanic eruption earlier in the year.

This glacier in remote Iceland, with the near-impossible-to pronounce-name, has caused serious ramifications across the world, touching and affecting every one on all four corners of our planet, when travel in Europe came to a screeching halt, virtually shutting down the entire European continent. Millions of air travelers were stranded at airports, not only across Europe, but – through the ripple domino effect – felt in the far corners of the world. Impeccably demonstrating how interconnected we have all become.

Here’s an interesting – albeit by no means amusing – look at a photo-blog of the unfortunate passengers who were directly impacted, as reported by The Toronto Star on April 16, 2010.

A car is seen driving through the ash from the volcano eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, April 16, 2010. The volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air. Flights around the world have been canceled and passengers stranded as the ash cloud from the volcano affected operations at some of the world's busiest airports. (AP Photo/Omar Oskarsson)

A woman reads a newspaper with the headline "Volcano alert" as she waits for the resumption of air travel on April 16, 2010 at the airport in Erfurt, eastern Germany. Air travel was disrupted all over Europe as a high-altitude cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland spread further over Europe. AFP PHOTO DDP/JENS-ULRICH KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JENS-ULRICH KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)

 Ground staff secure a plastic cover on the engines of an aircraft at Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland, on April 16, 2010. Thousands more flights were cancelled around the world Friday as a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland kept airspace across northern Europe closed, inflicting a second day of travel misery on passengers. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ground staff secure a plastic cover on the engines of an aircraft at Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland, on April 16, 2010. Thousands more flights were cancelled around the world Friday as a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland kept airspace across northern Europe closed, inflicting a second day of travel misery on passengers. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Travellers wait at the closed international Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, April 16, 2010. Most countries in northern Europe suspended their air traffic due to ash clouds from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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