Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland - Icelandic Met Office update - 16 May
Sunday 16, May 2010
The eruption plume is gray and the height is mainly ~ 7-9 km / 24,000 - 30,000 ft. It is heading southeast and east-southeast. There wind is calm over the volcano, with wind speed ~10 m/sec at height over 7 km / 24,000 ft.
Ash fall is reported southeast of Eyjafjallajökull, from Skógar to Pétursey on Mýrdalssandur.
No major changes are seen in the activity. The ash cloud has been of variable height the last days and is higher today than yesterday, influenced by the calm weather.
Unusually more than 150 lightning strikes were recorded on the ATDnet during the last 24 hours. Presently there are no indications that the eruption is about to end.
Three small earthquakes were detected beneath Eyjafjallajökull during the night. They were of shallow, intermediate and deep origin. A few
shallow earthquakes occurred around 3 pm.
Details in status report issued collectively by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at 17:00.
Like some other European airports Keflavík International Airport will likely close temporarily on the 17th of May, due to volcanic ash concentration being above operable levels. Please check flight status for the latest information on your flight before you travel to the airport.
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