Eyjafjallajokull wreaks havoc on global travel [8]

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.

A glow appears on the skyline on March 21, 2010 in the region of the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland. A volcano in the area of the Eyjafallajoekull glacier in southern Iceland erupted early Sunday, forcing more than 500 people in its vicinity to evacuate their homes, authorities said. AFP PHOTO: Halldor Kolbeins (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Inbound flight cancellations at Manchester airport are posted beside a notice of explanation that the disruptions are due to volcanic ash from Iceland. All London flights, including those from Heathrow, are suspended from 1100 GMT Thursday due to volcanic ash from Iceland that has already caused almost 300 cancellations, officials said. (ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

This NASA handout photo released on April 15, 2010 shows an image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite of a natural-color image. A volcanic plume blows from Eyjafjallajˆkull Volcano in southern Iceland toward the east-southeast. The plume blows past the Faroe Islands and arcs slightly toward the north near the Shetland Islands. The plume’s tan hue indicates a fairly high ash content. Eyjafjallajˆkull (or Eyjafjˆll) is a stratovolcano composed of alternating layers of ash, lava, and rocks ejected by earlier eruptions. The huge cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted over northern Europe on Thursday, forcing the closure of vast swathes of international airspace and the cancellation of hundreds of flights. HO/AFP/Getty Images

A Meteosat photo shows a dark cloud of volcanic ash spreading over Iceland. A volcanic eruption in Iceland fired ash across northern Europe forcing the closure of huge swathes of international airspace on Thursday which grounded hundreds of flights. The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southeast Iceland had already melted part of a surrounded glacier causing severe floods. (April 15, 2010) (HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images)

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