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Volcano in Iceland: New Ash Cloud and Dirty Thunderstorms Could Mean Prolonged Eruption


The Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland was supposedly letting up. But, as soon as European Union transportation ministers agreed on a plan to ease flight restrictions, the Dirty LightningBritish National Air Traffic Service reported that the Iceland Volcano eruption has strengthened.

Now, the volcano eruption in Iceland is producing lightning, otherwise known as Dirty Thunderstorms.  MSNBC.com has some fantastic photos from the Dirty Thunderstorms in Icleand.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the phenomena of Dirty Thunderstorms they are the result of electrical charges, which are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges in the same manner that ice particles collide during thunderstorms. 

Added to that, the Iceland Eruption is producing a new ash cloud that will further hamper efforts for flights to start up throughout Europe.The new ash cloud is headed towards Britain according to the British National Air Traffic Control Services.

Fox News is doing some fear mongering about the Volcano Eruption by putting out an article stating, "Iceland Volcano Ash Coming to America."

That's highly unlikely.  But breathe easier, travellers: "It doesn't look a risk for North America" at this point, said Syvret, adding that the cloud would "probably stop around the Newfoundland area, and then move north into Greenland", explained Bob Syvret, a forecaster for the U.K.'s Met Office agency which monitor volcanic eruptions.

However, there are signs that this volcano could last longer than just a few weeks as many had originally predicted. The Volcano in Iceland could last for months according to geologists. 

According to Telegraph.co.uk, Sigrun Hreinsdottir, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, said: "From what we've seen, it could erupt, pause for a few weeks, and then possibly erupt again. It could go on for months."

Chances are this is a once in a lifetime volcano for many of us.  Raise your hand if you can remember a volcano creating this much chaos on a global scale. 

Hopefully, for the sake of the citizens of Iceland and Europe, it will cease in days, not months.