Date: May 22, 2011
Location: Iceland, between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the UK in Europe.
Weather conditions: Sunny
Economic losses: in this occasion there is no economic loss
The eruption of Iceland's most active volcano is unlikely to generate a newchaos in air traffic in Europe, as happened last year, one expert said, although the island was forced to close its main airport.
Grímsvötn volcano, located on the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull in the southeast of the country, came on Saturday in an eruption stronger than before, in 2004. The smoke column was shot about 20 miles high, forming a huge mass that bubbled and oozed over theclouds over the north Atlantic island. Experts do not expect to cause the same problems as the Eyjafjallajokull, who in April last year forced European airlines to stop for days, as Grímsvötn eruptions tend to be smaller and its particles are less likely to disperse as much distance the atmosphere. Then the authorities decided to close the airspace because of fears that the dust and ash fromentering the aircraft engine and cause accidents, then the cloud is extended to European air routes. There is no reason to expect that the current disturbance occurs Grímsvötn fragmented volume and fine ash that caused so many changes last year in the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull "said the expert from the Volcano Dynamics Group at the Open University David Rothery. There will be a diversion of sometransatlantic flights, but I doubt it's necessary to close the European airspace. Also expected to cause local flooding disturbance due to water leakage from melting ice sheets, "he said. Eurocontrol, which regulates air traffic in Europe, said Sunday he does not expect an impact on regional or transatlantic flights for at least the next 24 hours. "Aircraft operators are being constantly informed ondevelopments," said the Brussels-based organization.
The Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority, Isavia, decided to close the main airport of the island, located about 50 kilometers from the capital, Reykjavik. 'The forecast distribution of the ashes in the next six hours shows that the volcanic ash will run today (Sunday) by Iceland, which lead to the closure of most Icelandic airports over day',said in a statement. Isavia Saturday had already imposed a ban on flights of 222 kilometers around the affected area. The Grímsvötn, which is in an uninhabited area where the nearest farm is only 100 miles away, had its last burst seven years ago, forcing flights to divert, but not close airports.
Name: Great fire in Australia
Date: February 9, 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia.Weather conditions: High temperature
Deaths: 130 people died
Economic loss: About 70 million Australian dollars (40 million euros) the provisional cost of the loss.
The worst fire in Australia destroyed over 750 homes and killed 130 people ...
More than 750 homes destroyed and 130 people died is the sad balance that leaves the great forest fires in southeast Australia. Pólicesaid some of the fires that devastated rural towns near the country's second largest city, Melbourne, were deliberately caused. "No words can describe it to slaughter," he told local television the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. "These numbers (of dead) are crippling. "Everyone is gone. Everyone is gone. All. Their houses are gone. All are dead in their homes. All are dead," said a tearfulChristopher Harvey, a survivor of Kinglake where most people died, while walking through the city.
The huge fire swept through cities destroying everything that stood in his way. Many people were killed in their car while fleeing the fire and others were killed in their own homes. Some refugees fled in their swimming pools, reservoirs farms or hidden in their cellars.