By Dian Hasan | May 21, 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.
Passengers gather in front of flight information screens at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, as hundreds of commercial flights across northern Europe are canceled by a drifting plume of volcanic ash originating from Iceland, outside Paris, Friday, April 16, 2010. The Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday has sent an enormous cloud of microscopic ash particles across northern Europe, grounding aircraft across the continent. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
passenger rest in the departure hall of Copenhagen Airport April 16, 2010. Danish airspace will remain closed until at least 2:00 am (0000 GMT) on April 17, 2010 due to ash from a volcano eruption in Iceland, a spokeswoman for the Naviair aviation authority said. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/Nils Meilvang (Photo credit should read NILS MEILVANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian tourists rest in the departure hall of Prague's Ruzyne airport on April 16, 2010 as flights were cancelled due to ash from a volcano eruption in Iceland. A huge cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland cast a growing shadow over Europe on Friday, grounding thousands more flights in the continent's biggest air travel shutdown since World War II.