Bardarbunga (I kid you not) in Iceland is currently at stage 4 of 5 on possible eruption status. This may seem an obscure or even silly topic (except for a big percentage of Icelanders who've been evacuated from the region), but if you remember 2010, air traffic to and from Europe and Africa was snarled enormously leading in some cases to delays of weeks.
When erupted in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, the consequences were severe.
If there are any Icelandic MRis out there, would you please share your personal experience (since I'm currently working on the history of fear in volcanoes? Plus, why are these volcanoes given such outlandish Icelandish names? Sorry, that was culturally insensitive.
Thanks to google translate, I happily say:
Ég óska ykkur vel!
Yes, that's serious stuff, both for the islanders and travelers, thanks for the heads up. If any of you want to be like jasper and see the lights (one of my goals)
here's a worthwhile look/see (the ash should have cleared by then)
Hi erc and others,
Since I am traveling to Italy next Tuesday (the airlines have alerts posted, esp the European ones, including Air France), it could directly affect me. If I get there, as I hope, the question could be returning since I am scheduled to teach the day after my return.
But if you are traveling, I strongly suggest doing regular google and twitter searches on bardarbunga. It's apparently way below a glacier, but that could make things even worse. Plus some areas of northwestern Africa have become no-fly zones, so there is less possibility for diversions. (I guess if need be I could get home by flying East to China-Hawaii-California-Atlanta-Boston, but I think it would take a half a semester to get me there!)
Thanks for sharing!
Read about this today at my RI in Minneapolis, MN, and this does have me concerned. Have two trips to Europe planned the rest of the year, and with all that is going on in the World, am not going to go, if I have to "Fear" the trip.
Hope your trip goes very well, and please keep in touch!
Keep your fingers crossed for me and IAHFLYR -- we're both going through France on Tuesday.
Iceland has raised its likelihood of eruption to highest, red level:
So far, no disruption of air space outside of Iceland.
Vulcanologists seem to have an amusing sense of humor. If you're following on twitter, their hashtag is #ashtag
Just keeping you all apprised (mostly IAHFLYR and myself) -- two 4+ earthquakes near and above the surface of Bardarbunga.
Again, here is the graphic:
The only thing I can find for AF (which incoming to Paris for me (oddly) is operated by Delta 243 (so I got economy comfort for nothing even though it is really listed as an AF flight), is something on August 30th, but it seems very tenuous. And if by then the volcano has erupted I will have to explain to my students that sometimes ya can't do what ya can't do. Fortunately I have an amazing catsitter who comes in twice a day (and whom I call once a day), although unfortunately my cat is not impressed. (She will sometimes listen to me on the phone from abroad when i screech out her name.)
The vulcanologists seem divided. Some think catastrophe, some think nothing much at all. We shall see. Sorrento, vengo!
Same with me, watch this situation, so you do not get stuck someplace you don't want to be!
Oooer, thanks for that Prof.
I'm due to fly from Orlando to UK on Wednesday after a 3 week holiday with the family in Disney, and the latest news appears to be that the eruption has commenced. This could seriously effect my work plans as I'm solidly booked up for 10 days after my return, weekend included...
Good luck with your return flight!
Please let us know how it goes, and how Orlando was!
Hope to see you in London, the end of September! (If we can all get there!)!
Bardarbunga is looking a little better today. Actually some 5+ earthquakes (Eqs are happening every minute), but they have moved to the NW away from the volcano spout. It's kind of ironic I am going to a place where I'll be studying volcanic remains (among other things). Let's hope the irony doesn't get too rich
LOL, no we did not....had our own little lie flat pods, but we did have a lady behind my wife who kept getting annoyed that the two of the flight attendants would stop and talk to us all the time as they were passing out drinks or food so she'd kick the back of the pod my wife was sitting in. One of the flight attendants heard it and saw her kicking the pod, she told her to stop it as this is your only warning.
In the process of preparing for classes and flying to Europe during a potential volcano, I found out something fascinating considering I am teaching French Revolution. Two volcanic eruptions happened in Europe in the 1780s in Iceland (Laki? -- sounds too pronounceable) and Italy (Vesuvius). Many believe that the the ash clouds caused European cooling, crop failures, vine failures, and resultant unemployment. If I hadn't been flying to Italy during a potential eruption I never would have known that many scholars believe volcanic eruptions were one of many causes of the French Revolution.