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.
Airline passengers sit on the floor while awaiting information about flight cancellations in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, west of London on April 15, 2010. No flights will be allowed into British airspace from 1100 GMT until at least 1700 GMT Thursday due to an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, air traffic control services announced. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis
A passenger (C) gestures as other passengers wait in check-in queues following the cancellation of flights, at Faro airport April 15, 2010. Dozens of flights from Faro airport on the Portuguese tourist resort province of Algarve to northern Europe were cancelled. A volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has thrown up a 6 km (3.7 mile) high cloud of ash and disrupted air traffic in northern Europe, has grown more intense, an expert said on Thursday. REUTERS/Carlos Brito
A passenger sleeps as she waits for the resumption of air travel on April 16, 2010 at the airport in Frankfurt/M. 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. Elsewhere in Germany, flights were grounded at Berlin, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Hamburg and Hanover, among other airports. AFP PHOTO DDP/TORSTEN SILZ GERMANY OUT
A Finnair aircraft is grounded at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Vantaa on April 16, 2010. Finland, which on April 16 grounded all flights due to ash from an Icelandic volcano eruption, will not permit any commercial flights until until 3:00 pm (1200 GMT) on April 18 at the earliest, airport operator Finavia said Friday. AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / Antti Aimo-Koivisto