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Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano bulging slightly, can't stop thinking about that vixen, Mount St. Helens.



May 07, 2010 – Comments (10)



From USA Today


 The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is starting to bulge out, or experience "significant changes in horizontal movement," according to volcanologists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland.

Global positioning satellite stations placed around the volcano have been moving outwards over the last 48 hours. It's not clear how big the bulge is as well as what it might mean for future eruptions.

Between 20 and 30 earthquakes have been picked up beneath the ice cap since Monday, at between one and 15 miles deep. This increased seismicity "suggests that new material is intruding from deep below Eyjafjallajökull and latest GPS-observations suggest inflation," reads a recent report.

The eruption plume reached eight miles high at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Iceland time. A Boeing 757 flying nearby observed a black plume at 421,000 feet up heading towards the southeast.

The villages of Sólheimaheiði, Hjörleifshöfði and Álftaver up to 45 miles away experienced ash and debris falls. People living on farms south of the volcano were troubled during the night by loud noises from the volcano, and there were reports that people heard them up to 125 miles away to the west and northwest.

There was less meltwater coming off of the Gígjökull glacier outlet into the Markarfljót river.

An Icelandic Coast Guard flight reported that the volcano's crater continues build up. The lava tongue flowing down the side of the crater is about 650 feet wide. The lava channels that join at the tongue are about 100 to 200 feet wide and getting wider every day.

By Elizabeth Weise



10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 07, 2010 at 9:03 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Because of the impact the last erruption had on trans Atlantic travel and commerce I thought it to be prudent to make the group aware of this. 

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#2) On May 07, 2010 at 9:05 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Stupid twitchy finger added a spare R to eruption. Happy Friday!

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#3) On May 07, 2010 at 9:52 AM, lemoneater (57.31) wrote:

Yes it does sound threatening, I hope they will evacuate people out of danger.

On a lesser note, because of this volcano's antics the groom's sister is still stuck in Scotland. Her flight from Wednesday was rescheduled to leave this Saturday. She should arrive just in time for the rehearsal. As long as she is there for the wedding Monday, it will be good!

(The pre-wedding pictures taken at Poinsett Bridge yesterday were terrific. The old gray stone bridge made the perfect setting. It looks like the pictures could have been taken in Scotland.)

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#4) On May 07, 2010 at 10:04 AM, IIcx (< 20) wrote:

Hey Cato,

Thanks for the info.

Note: I realize you're quoting from an article but planes don't fly at 421,000 feet. They probably mean 42,100 feet.

"Small private planes fly at 12,000 feet maximum. Passenger airliners fly from 32,000 to 40,000 feet. The Concorde super-sonic transport cruised at Mach 2 at 57,000 feet." 

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#5) On May 07, 2010 at 10:04 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


You'll remeber this as the *volcano wedding* after all is said and done. Stories about stranded guests, parents and dresses will stay with the family for decades.

I am glad the photos came out so well. Is the wedding being held in South Carolina?


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#6) On May 07, 2010 at 10:06 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


Ha! That is funny. I read the story so fast that error did not register. Maybe some airlines are offering flights to see the Hubble?


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#7) On May 07, 2010 at 12:45 PM, Melaschasm (70.21) wrote:

If this ends up being a bigger eruption than the last, expect colder weather this summer.  That could mean lower electricity use and less coal use. 

Whatever is saved on the Natural Gas side will likely be more than offset by an earlier, colder winter.


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#8) On May 07, 2010 at 12:51 PM, ChrisGraley (28.63) wrote:

2) On May 07, 2010 at 9:05 AM, catoismymotor (78.98) wrote:

Stupid twitchy finger added a spare R to eruption. Happy Friday!

Do you work for CItibank per chance?

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#9) On May 07, 2010 at 1:16 PM, lemoneater (57.31) wrote:

Yes, it's being held here in SC where the bride's family has settled. They are originally from the Chicago area, but moved here because the cost of living is much less for those anticipating retirement in a few years. Last night we checked out the church for lighting and while we were there it hailed! There is something to be said for an indoor wedding this time of year. I'm glad there is air conditioning! The bride wants to have sparklers instead of bubbles, so I hope we won't meet the local fire dept! Too much excitement!

I could do with a little more boredom at this point. Nobody will starve except perhaps the bride who might not get to eat with talking to the guests:) The mother-of-the-bride keeps on adding more food to the menu which would be fine if she didn't insist on lovingly cooking it all herself. My suggestion at the bride's urging to let Panera make the scones registered on the VIX. CAPS is serving as a safety valve for me.

As my husband says one way or another they will get married and that is the main thing!


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#10) On May 07, 2010 at 1:27 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


Yeah, my bad. Sorry for all that panic. :)


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