Volcanic ash from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption

S. R. Gislason*, H. A. Alfredsson, E. S. Eiriksdottir, T. Hassenkam, S. L.S. Stipp

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The April 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano created major disruption to European air traffic. The main uncertainty in predicting the volcanic ash distribution in air space was the nature of the eruption plume including the grain size of the volcanic ash. The volcanic ash samples collected in the vicinity of the volcano on April 15th 2010, the first day of air traffic disruption in Europe, reveal that up to 70% of the mass was less than 60. μm in diameter. This fine grained ash could remain suspended in the atmosphere for days, posing threats to air traffic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S188-S190
JournalApplied Geochemistry
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


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