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STORY ABOUT SMALL, ANGRY ICELAND VOLCANO

Updated on April 27, 2010

Volcano Eyjafjallajokull in action

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Small volcano Eyfajallajokull was peacefully sleeping for 200 years but decided to wake up on March this year with strong eruption that was so amazing and so beautiful, especially for many tourists who were visiting it in March and April...Well it was interesting up till recently when volcano ash cloud started to cause big problems to air traffic especially in Europe, and due to that worldwide. On that point, when volcano was spewing anger in the form of dust and lava, situation became annoying.

So, how is Europe looking now?

If some of you think that here in Europe we are sitting in our homes completely covered with  ash, you are wrong - the sky is blue as always (except on rainy days)... Some people even swear that is bluer then it was before eruption !.

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What caused so many problems? Please take a look...

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When problem with volcano arised, main topic on the news was problem with planes staying dormant on European airports and huge negative impact on profit of flight-companies - for days we were listening only that they were loosing a lot of money and that they were on the best way to commit bankruptcy. Ash cloud and impact on ecology or climate were pushed in the second plan as far less important topic (!): Info abut ash cloud was so poor that when we heard that cloud will reach Mediterranean - we just did not know what to expect. There were warnings that older people and children should stay at home, as well as people with respiratory problems - so only thing we could imagine was that we would walk in clouds of grey dust and not see blue sky for many weeks or months, what of course could not happen - this volcano is very small and very, very far from here.

I understand that traffic is crucial for humanity today - but my only thoughts were :

  1. For God`s sake, what is going on with cloud - how this cloud really looks like, so far from Iceland?
  2. How can flight-companies be on the best way to bankruptcy after several days of non-flying only? How they can lead such important business without any money saved for such occasions? I have very small business but I can afford myself not to work for few months if I really need to take rest and these big guys cannot. Does it mean that I am more successful then them, or they were just exaggerating ?

It is unknown and we will never know was it real need to close so many airports and was it really so big treat for safety of the flights - the fact is that governments (politicians) of European Community decided to close airspace in the whole Europe (EU) and it remained closed for days without any test flights done that would check real situation in the sky, and many flight-companies disagreed with such approach to the problem. Politicians are certainly not experts for flights.

In my country (Croatia) airports were closed on one day only, because our experts quickly woke up from European volcanic dream and discovered that by the time cloud reached Mediterranean, it was completely dispersed, so not dangerous for planes at all. Next day, planes were normally flying again. I was not surprised - because there was eruption of big volcano Etna in 2006, in our neighbour country Italy, and flights were all the time normal.

Just to let you know, when ash cloud reached the sky of area where I live, the sky was normal as always, birds were happily singing and nobody did have any breathing problems at all. Volcanic dust was very high, very dispersed - and not visible at all - as it was invisible everywhere in the Europe besides Iceland.

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Nature is always gorgeous - even when it is happening something what we people consider as disaster or treat for our survival. These beautiful photos of erupting Iceland volcano in combination with aurora borealis were taken 2 days ago.

It is not possible to deny extraordinary beauty of sparkling Eyfajallajokull , whose anger is gradually calming down last few days.

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Nature is always inspiring.

After panic in Europe calmed down, many people swear that sky is now bluer then it was before eruption ! I have just read on Yahoo News some people´s poetry inspired by beautiful European sky that became now bluer then it was ever before.

Although I am a person who regularly watch the sky, I really cannot say that the sky is really bluer now then it was before : the secret is that many did not look in the sky for years at all and now they have discovered how beautiful it can be...

I also believe that this eruption have provoked many people to finally start to show greater admiration and respect for beauties and power of nature. Chaos in traffic and relief after fear from possible ecological disaster hopefully inspired many to reconnect more with nature and finally see how truly gorgeous, mighty and inspiring is world which surrounds us .

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Stary Night by Van "Volcano"

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you, Dominique.

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      dominique 7 years ago

      thanks cool pics and vidios

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you LL, today I heard in the news that volcano is finally asleep again.

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      Lissof Leuf 7 years ago

      Tatjana, thank you for sharing with us,,, Fantastic photos.!!!! Mothr Nature is hard to beat when it come to creating something so beautiful, yet so potentially dangerous.

      As for "News" reporting,,, all too often, either the Journalists are selling air time so they over sensationalize everything, or they have a political agenda to support, therefore do not present unbiased reporting of the issues...

      Love those photos...

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you so much, Dolores.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Tatjana - what with all the talk about the airlines and economic woes, so many of us are neglecting just what you have shown us here. Nature is awesome, beautiful, and magnificent. Thank you for sharing these incredible photos!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much CD, so glad that you liked my Hub.

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      CarpetDiem 7 years ago from Southern California

      hi Tatjana,

      Those are AMAZING pictures!

      As you said in the hub, "Nature is always inspiring."

      Great and timely hub.

      Steve

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Lender.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for the visit and comment, HPW.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Those are some incredible pictures!

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      I so agree with you on this. More and more people are starting to appreciate nature. A very wonderful hub, thanks for this.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Syzygyastro.

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      William J. Prest 7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      This is a really great hub; topical; great pictures; political and economic commentary. I thought there was a lot of over reaction.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear Rounak - as always, media is exaggerating, as well as European politicians did last week. Thank you for the comment.

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      Rounak bose 7 years ago

      I really appreciate ur efforts thanks for exposing the true story behind this volcano the media till now was feeding us all lies ;)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Well Wealthmandehealthy, ash cloud was very dispersed on many areas and could not cause such problems. There were other volcanic eruptions recently (Etna 2006 - in Italy) and air space was not closed in the almost whole Europe.

      The most scary part was that nobody was able to produce any positive approach to any level of this problem - news were mainly created on the way to frighten people. Negative approach to the problem is more dangerous then any volcano itself.

      Thank you so much for the visit and comment.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hehe Sparhawke - I adore your sense of humor. Many thanks for your great comment.

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      Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Thought provoking hub for many I am sure. The EU is causing challenges all over the place. The main reason the planes did not fly was the ash would have clogged the engines causing the planes to crash.

      I too look at the sky in all of awe at God's creation for us. Many people do not think this way as they are too busy to see the wonder and beauty all around them in their busy lives. I praise God daily for all of his creations, and the beauty you show us in these pictures is amazing.

      Thank you for writing this wonderful hub.

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      Sparhawke 7 years ago from Manchester

      Exaggeration is the name of the game, the more that the big boys get themselves in the news and they are seen in the news the more free publicity they get...next will come a story about how a bit of ash landed on the windscreen that looks like Elvis and Jesus playing Dueling Banjos together at Woodstock therefore they will have to retire their jet to set up a shrine at the expense of the taxpayers :p

      By the way, I cannot even pronounce the name of this volcano much less spell it so well done there lol

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much for your comment and visit HH.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, Tom, glad to see you here.

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      Beautiful!! It's too bad volcano are so harmful to humans and the environment.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Loved the hub....wonderful pictures and video...thanks. :)

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Loved the hub....wonderful pictures and video...thanks. :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi PP - it is big honor to see you here again. How are you doing?

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      Om Prakash Singh 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Hi there, I have come here after a long time. Good to see you still active here.

      Ya I too feel somewhat the same, that it has been blown out of proportion!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you so much Sage for your nice words of support.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear Pmccray - we were here frightened so much as well...when cloud was finally above us (now is not any more) we discovered that there is really nothing to be afraid of... Now panic is over.

      Media is always exaggerating, otherwise they could not sell their "hot" news...

      I am glad I helped you.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Shil - I am so glad you like photos . they are really magnificent!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for your nice words Shalini - your comments are always highly appreciated! Peace and love.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      So glad to see you here, Charlie, I completely agree with you. XoXo

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for the visit, Lofeofnight - nature is unpredictable - at least from human point of view. Anyhow, most probably E.volcano will continue with its small eruption for some time and that is all. Some other accident will happen on some other place (it always does, otherwise life would be boring)etc.etc.

      Thank you so much for the comment.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for the visit and comment, De Greek...

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, Hello Hello.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Thanks for such a great hub. You raised some very interesting questions. The pictures and video were absolutely gorgeous. Really enjoyed this hub, thanks for sharing this information and your thoughts.

      Sage

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      I'm so glad to hear from others across the pond. We are lied to and sheltered from the media here in the states.

      Your pictures are beautiful and I thank you for this hub. I sat here worrying that some massive black ash cloud was creeping across the planet like some evil entity. I thank you my friend.

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Wonderful pics Tatjana, thank you for sharing them!!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Fabulous pics Tatjana - thank you! And thank you for reminding us to look beyond our narrow conveniences and be inspired by Nature in all her moods.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I think it took this ash cloud scare to awaken people to the skies wonder, and it was bluer to them as you suggest, they hadn't looked at it recently. Great job darlin'', the pics are nice. Much love and peace to you, xox CC

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      life will always find a way......it will be interesting to see what follows.it is hard to predict where nature will take us.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      The eternal "experts" at work again Tatjana :-)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting hub and with beautiful pictures. Thank you for the good work.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Rebekah, I am glad you liked photos...

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      it's always nice to hear another perspective. nature is much bigger and more powerful than politics. thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. :)