Sunday, May 9, 2010
Volcano at Eyjafjallajokull
Iceland’s volcano Eyjafjallajokull is showing signs of increased activity, scientists say. High altitude winds are reported to be pushing the volcanic particles directly south over the Atlantic.
The cloud shot up as high as ten kilometers into the air earlier this week, higher than during April’s crisis, forcing large parts of Irish and British airspace to close. Geologists are measuring around to Eyjafjallajokull daily to see how much ash is falling. The experts say they are picking up signs of increased seismic activity deep under the volcano, indicating that magma below the earth’s crust is trying to force its way up.
Friday 7 May 2010 we made our way to the volcano at Eyjafjallajokull. We were traveling with Elder and Sister Shumway from Germany and Elder and Sister Koyle from Reykjavík. The Shumways were in Iceland to help advance the Young Single Adult Center in Reykjavík. The Center is functioning well and just needs some minor adjustments. Elder and Sister Koyle have done a marvelous service getting the center up and running. They spend many hours to make the center a success. After the training we toured along the south coast of Iceland and ended up near the volcano at 11:00 pm. This is when you can see the glow at the base of the ash plumb. The weather was clear so we were treated to a wonderful show. I am not sure the pictures do justice to what was going on.