Grimsvotn, one of the most active Iceland volcano started erupting again according to scientists in Reykjavik, Iceland. Unlike what happened over a year ago, this eruption, according to experts, it is highly unlikely that this would desrupt European air traffic for several days.
The eruption was accompanied by micro earthquakes and smoke could be seen rising from the volcano which lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland.
As standard procedure, Isavia, the company responsible for operation and development of all airport facilities and air navigation service in Iceland, designated a no fly zone has been designated 220 kilometers in all direction from the eruption
“The plume of smoke has reached jet flying altitude and plans have been made for planes flying through Icelandic air control space to fly southwardly tonight,” said Hjordis Gudmundsdottir, the spokeswoman for Isavia.
Expecting Iceland Volcano Eruption
Scientists were already expecting Grimsvotn to erupt this year after melted glacial ice began pouring from it last November 2010 and they already know that it’s just manageable as compared to the April 2010 Eyhafjallajokull volcanic eruption. Grimsvotn last erupted in 2004.
Experts from the University of Iceland are now flying over the volcano to check the situation.
Eyewitnesses claim the plume rose quickly thousands of meters into the air.
Volcanic eruptions in Iceland is just like typhoons here in the Philippines
. They happen often.
A year ago, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokul left about 10 million air travelers stranded in airports worldwide after volcanic ash clouds were spread in some of the world’s busiest airspace by the wind. It took 5 days for air travel to resume operations.
The Iceland volcano Grimsvotn erupted in 1998, 1996 and 1993. The eruptions have lasted between a day and several weeks.