So I did not get off the rock this morning as intended, as both my flight to Copenhagen and the connecting flight to Brussels had been cancelled. Which is just fine — to be perfectly honest I would have been slightly nervous about flying even if it had gone ahead. Seriously, I prefer remaining here with both feet on the ground to taking off in an airplane where there is even the smallest safety risk. Particularly as my situation is about as ideal as can be – i.e. I am snug and warm in my little hobbit-hole with no pressure to be anywhere else. Unlike those poor people having to camp out in airports or who urgently need to get to their destination for some reason or another.
I sat down to write an update on the situation, but as I typed out the above paragraph – PING! – a comment came through from our resident volcanologist Mike, who can explain it even better than me. So I’m bumping his comment up, yet again [I could get used to this letting someone else write the content for me!]:
Latest volcano update.
The mountain is deflating – the magma which has been pushing it up and causing it to expand (by a few centimetres, you couldn’t tell with the naked eye), has either been erupted or is retreating deeper in the Earth.
The eruption today appears to be less energetic than before and might be becoming more traditionally Icelandic with fire fountains and cinder rather than lots of ash.
This doesn’t mean the eruption is over, or even that there won’t be another ash eruption, it’s just changing. And it might mean the end to the ash haze over the Atlantic.
In the meantime – here’s another awesome photo. This must be one of the most photographed eruptions in history.
Thank you Mike!
So yes, it has been confirmed that there are changes to the eruption and that great magma “bombs” [that’s what they called them on RÚV] have been shooting out from the crater and landing on the glacier. Apparently they’re not instantly disappearing, either, which probably means that the crater is forming sides [slopes?] around the area of the eruption.
With any luck this will mean less ash – both for the sake of air travellers and the farmers in the area. Judging by photos in some of the media there is a thick layer of gray mud over everything and farmers are worried about their livestock. However, touch wood: there have been no reports of injuries to livestock as they are being kept indoors, fed with hay and given clean water.
Fingers crossed that the ash will soon subside!