I’m telling you, Iceland’s gonna go ooooffff!
The same volcano in Iceland, which for some reason doesn’t have a name, which erupted last month, is at it again! It’s located in the Eyjafjallajoekull area, so we’ll just call it that… but not out loud, because that’s just ridiculous.
Unlike the last eruption, this one actually occurred under glacial ice, raising water levels in rivers by several metres before the eruption even began. No casualties whatsoever, however quite a few villages had to be evacuated.
But while this eruption is wreaking havoc for parts of Iceland, the stories in the news are concentrated elsewhere. Again, unlike the last eruption, this one released tons and tons of volcanic ash into the air, and prevailing winds are smackin’ Europe in the face!! Long story short, don’t get on that plane, yo! Flights anywhere to and from most of Europe, are grounded because of all the ash flying about.
Why does this mess things up? Well when most people think of ash, they think of the stuff left in firepits basically… wood ash. Volcanic ash is a little different. Think of it as smashing a window down to a dust, because that’s what volcanic ash is…. glass.
Getting fine glass sucked up into an engine just isn’t a good thing. Haven’t you ever seen Dante’s Peak?! Actually, however lame that movie is, scientifically it’s probably more accurate than any other volcano movie. Except for no geologist looks like Pierce Brosnan…. except for me, I’m fucking dashing.
So for your enjoyment, here are pictures of me in geology action!: