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.
This April 14, 2010 image taken by the Icelandic Coastguard, shows floodwaters rising after the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters. Authorities evacuated 800 residents from around the glacier as rivers rose by up to 10 feet. Emergency officials and scientists said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than one last month, and carried a much greater risk of widespread flooding. (AP Photo/Icelandic Coastguard)
An aerial handout photo from the Icelandic Coast Guard shows flood caused by a volcanic eruption at Eyjafjalla Glacier in southern Iceland April 14, 2010. The volcanic eruption on Wednesday partially melted a glacier, setting off a major flood that threatened to damage roads and bridges and forcing hundreds to evacuate from a thinly populated area. (REUTERS/Icelandic Coast Guard/Arni Saeberg)
Tourists gather to watch lava spurt out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Fimmvorduhals volcano near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier some 125 Kms east of Reykjakik on March 27, 2010. Up to 800 people were evacuated in Iceland early on April 14, 2010 due to the volcanic eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the island, police and geophysicists said. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)
A plume of volcanic ash rises six to 11 kilometres (3.8 to 7 miles) into the atmosphere, from a crater under about 656 feet (200 metres) of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland April 14, 2010. A huge ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano turned the skies of northern Europe into a no-fly zone on Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers. Picture taken April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jon Gustafsson