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 stand in a queue at a ticket counter for the rebooking of cancelled flights at the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport in Malaga, southern Spain, April 15, 2010. A huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano turned the skies of northern Europe into a no-fly zone on Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers. The European air safety organisation said the disruption, the biggest seen in the region, could last another two days and a leading volcano expert said the ash could present intermittent problems to air traffic for six months if the eruption continued. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Stranded passengers soak up the sun in a solarium adjacent to the departures area of the Son Sant Joan Airport in Palma de Mallorca on the island of Mallorca, Spain, April 16, 2010. A huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano spread out across Europe on Friday causing air travel chaos on a scale not seen since the September 11 attacks. About 17,000 flights were expected to be cancelled on Friday due to the dangers posed for a second day by volcanic ash from Iceland, aviation officials said. Airports in Britain, France, Germany, and across Europe were closed until at least Saturday. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: TRANSPORT TRAVEL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)
A flight information board indicates cancelled flights in a terminal at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, outside Paris, April 16, 2010 after their flights were cancelled due to the ash cloud caused by an Icelandic volcano that turned northern Europe into a no-fly zone. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER)
A child using a laptop sits on a camp bed, provided by airport operator Fraport, at Frankfurt airport April 16, 2010. Due to a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano, that caused air travel chaos across Europe, passengers in Frankfurt were left stranded and forced to stay overnight. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski