In 2010, when Eyjafjallajokull
erupted people were really shocked--it seemed to come completely out of the blue,' says Dr Graeme Swindles, Associate Professor of Earth System Dynamics in the School of Geography at Leeds.
It is located west of Iceland's southeast volcanic rift-zone, close to the Eyjafjallajokull
volcano, which erupted last year and emitted a massive ash cloud that spread across Europe and forced the cancellation of thousands of airline flights a day.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave assurances that methods of coping with a possible ash crisis were quite different from those last year when ash from the Eyjafjallajokull
volcano caused airspace shutdowns and numerous flight cancellations.
But Mr Hammond and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) stressed that the UK was in a much better position to deal with the latest problem than it was last year when the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull
caused the closure of airspace and the cancellation of thousands of flights.
Trans-Atlantic flights were being diverted away from Iceland, and there was no sign yet that the eruption would cause the widespread travel disruption triggered last year by ash from the Eyjafjallajokull
When Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull
volcano blew its top last April, it produced an ash cloud that shot more than 9 kilometers (5.
The images brought back memories of Eyjafjallajokull
earlier in the year, an eruption that fortunately did not have the same magnitude in terms of loss of lives, but will be remembered for a lot longer for bringing European air travel to a standstill.
It would have resembled the scene many people heard about on the news this spring--a volcano that erupted an hour's drive to the east, known as Eyjafjallajokull
EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, said yesterday that its director of cooperative network design, Bo Redeborn, will speak at next month's Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjallajokull
and Aviation in Iceland.
Flights across Europe were delayed or cancelled for weeks after the volcano Eyjafjallajokull
Analysts said disruptions to air travel in April caused by an ash cloud sent up by Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull
had led to a rebound in May, when imports rose at their fastest rate since German reunification in 1990.
Meanwhile, James May drives a Toyota Hilux up the active Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull