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.
People wait for information in the departure hall of Sofia airport on April 16, 2010 as flights were cancelled due to ash from a volcano eruption in Iceland. Out of a total 91 incoming flights, only nine aircraft from Bucharest, Moscow, Munich, Rome, Tel Aviv and Vienna had landed during the course of the morning.(NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers crowd the platform as a train arrives in Hamburg, Germany, April 16, 2010. Many travellers are trying to take the train as alternative for their cancelled flights. Flights at Frankfurt airport, the biggest in Germany, were halted indefinitely as a high-altitude cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland spread further over Europe. (PHILIPP GUELLAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers wait in the departure hall at the Vienna airport April 16, 2010, after a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano spread out across Europe 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. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)