Wednesday, May 26, 2010


The volcano has stopped... at least for now. I say at least for now because during its last eruption it did stop for some time before starting again.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Let's call it Kevin...

... as Jon Stewart suggested it in the daily show. But Eyjafjallajökull is really not a difficult word to pronounce in Icelandic!

Volcanolypse 2010

In the first minutes of this segments, Jon Stewart speaks about the polution created by the volcano. The website presents the following diagram, which is supposed to represent the quantity of CO2 emitted by the volcano versus quantity emitted by the normal air traffic in Europe. It speaks for itself!

The same issue about the pronounciation of Eyjafjallajökull is reported on french television.

Weather outside: sunny, 0°C

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Clearing up...

... The eruption has entered a new stage. The ice, which was causing the ash on contact with the lava, has more or less stop melting. As a result, we can now see lava bombs the size of SUVs being projected up in the air.

The winds are also starting to change of direction, which should help the airlines in Europe to start some operations.

An other news that make me smile. 8 icelanders, 7 men and 1 woman, are in custody on drug trafficking charges. They are accussed of importing cocaine from Spain to Iceland. One of the man and the woman where arrest in Keflavík over the week-end...
I guess as there has been a lot less flights landing in Keflavík, the customs have been more vigilant with travellers coming in and were able to catch the culprits. Well done!

Back to the volcano, a beautiful set of photos is available on the following link:

Another good news for people travelling in the south of the country, "Vegagerðin" has re-opened the portion of the road n°1 that was closed south of the volcan. It is still advised to drive with the utmost care because of the ash and of the temporary repair on the road.

Weather outside: cloudy, 2°C

Monday, April 19, 2010


... is the status of road n°1.

The "vital" link to the south of the country has been mended but it is still closed to the public.
Only police and rescue teams are allowed to use the road.

The breaches have been filled with gravel but are missing their asphalt layer. I suppose that as long as the volcano is erupting and jökulhlaups are still an eventuality, the road will not be finished.

For constant update on the road status, check the website of the "Vegagerðin"

Weather outside: Partly Sunny, 3°C

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gosið... Taka II

The small eruptions in Fimmvörðuháls of March 21st and March 31st resulted from the lava coming out sideway and ending up in a zone without much ice.

The new eruption is considered to be 20 to 30 times more powerful than those of Fimmvörðuháls. This time the lava is coming up straight to reach the ice cap of Eyjafjallajökull. As a result, the regions North and South of the glacier/eruption suffered "hlaup" and "flóð": jökulhlaup and floods

The authorities have asked for the Þjóðvegur 1 (road n°1) to be cut in several locations over Markarfljót, a glacial river fed from the melting ices of the neighboring glaciers, in order to save the new bridge from destruction.

This little country of some 300.000 inhabitants is causing some major disruptions (and lost of money) to the rest of Europe.
The cloud of ashes moving west has caused the cancellation of all flights in the UK as well as the republic of Ireland and Norway.
The airspace of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Belgium and Netherlands are parcially closed but will be totally closed as the cloud moves west.

For people who are incredulous about the cloud of ashes being a problem, I suggest watching the video taken by a friend during our watch on the eruption site on April 1st.

One can see the ashes "stream" coming out from the volcano at 02:54 and then the ashes coming down on the bonnet of the car at 03:20... And this was a tiny eruption, the new one being 20-30 times bigger.

As a reminder, the last eruption of Eyjafjallajökull dates back from 1821 and lasted 2 years... If it is to last for such a long period of time, this could have bad effects on the economic of the euro zone.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


A "small" video of a trip to the volcano on March 27th.
The baby volcano is 6 days old.

And a panorama of the area. One can see the markers of the hiking trail on the bottom left hand side of the picture. There rest of them is under the "fresh" lava field.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


... should be an "active" year. The volcano Hekla has been erupting regularly over the last decades (every 10 years since 1970). Volcanologists have reported that the pressure in the magma chamber is near the pressure measured in previous eruptions. The Icelandic Meteorological Office also pointed at the presence of snow-free spot new the volcano's summit.

Hekla is not the only volcano expected to blow. The volcano Katla is also been monitored closely. Magma intrusions are measured by the uplifting of the terrain.

This is all accentuated by the sismic activity and recently it has been quite active. In the last 48 hours, 245 tremors and earthquakes were recorded on the Reykjanes ridge (out of the 320 for the entire country). 25 of them are over a magnitude of 3 on the Richter scale: 2 of them were over 4 (10 times stronger than 3 on the Richter scale). The map available on veð is like a really christmas tree...

Thursday, January 21, 2010


... Icelandic Search And Rescue team is on its way back to Iceland after having spent one week in Haiti.

from "The ICE SAR team decided to leave some of its equipment behind in Port au Prince worth some ISK 10 million (USD 80,000). Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs has promised to reimburse half that amount. The organisation hopes the rest will be covered by donations made through the website."

L'equipe d'ICE-SAR est maintenant sur le chemin du retour.
Elle a laisse sur place une majeure partie du camp; tentes, materiel de purification d'eau, etc.
La valeur de l'equipement laisse sur place est evaluee a 10 millions de couronnes.
Le ministere des affaires etrangeres a promis de rembourser la moitie: 5 millions de couronnes.
Landsbjörg (ICE-SAR) compte sur les donations pour le complement et ainsi racheter l'equipement laisse sur place.

Donations sur le site de Landsbjörg: