March 28, 2010

About 5000 people were estimated to visit the eruption yesterday. You either go by foot, jeep or snowmobile. There is also a narrow road you can go with a normal car to get a view of the volcano in a distance. The tour companies now go there with buses full of tourists. In stead of meeting no one on that road you can now meet 300 cars. If you watch the webcam I linked to at night you can see the car lights.

March 26, 2010

March 25, 2010

March 24, 2010

As any true modern volcano it has it's own web cam so you can watch the eruption in real time. Dad took a flight today to see the eruption from the air so you might want to check his Flickr page for pictures.

March 23, 2010

March 21, 2010

At midnight the eruption began. But as it turns out this morning it's not under the glacier but just beside it. That is a very fortunate turn of events because then there is less chance of a big flood. An eruption under the glacier often cause a 3000-30000 m³/s water flow when the ice melts bringing along with it what looks like small ice cubes but are in fact ice bergs the size of huge apartments buildings. The hundreds of people that fled the lowlands were evacuated because possibilities of a flood. They are not taking any risks and the roads in the area were closed. The crack in the ground is about 1km wide. It could have been much much worse. On the news this morning they talk about a small eruption with a lava flow. It's not explosive. All flights were directed elsewhere tonight and this morning the international airport was closed. The planes landed in North Iceland, Glasgow and Boston. This is just a precaution because of ash in the air. Planes with scientists have been flying over the eruption for hours tonight filming. The last eruption under the glacier in the 1800:s lasted for two years.

March 17, 2010

March 13, 2010

I refuse to take naps nowadays during the day.That makes you lemon fresh. Thanks for sending us the photo coffee house girl!

We now moved for the 3rd time in less than a month. Dad and I moved to suburbia and Mom moved into a room at work because we need more cars to be able to live all three of us in the countryside. We hope we can move back home next week. Getting really good at moving.

March 12, 2010

Every day we wake up and read about some two hundred new earthquakes during the night that passed. The earthquakes all occur under the Eyjafallajökull glacier and they might be signs of an volcanic eruption to come under the glacier. But they might also be signs of nothing. Last night they had the biggest earthquake so far just 3 on Richter. The glacier now has a night guard and yes they are pretty much on the glacier watching it. Looking for a job in Iceland? As usual it's popular to drive to the top of the glacier so here are some old pictures to show what it looks like.
There has been 2 eruptions only in historic time in the 1600:s and in the 1800:s. So this might just be the time if the volcano has a 200 year frequency. Dad wants the eruption to wait until his car can get fixed. These are usually very tourist friendly eruptions. No one is hurt but roads might be swept away by the floods that follow when all the ice melts.

March 11, 2010

When you have your 2,5 year old check up they want to know if you can draw Chinese noodles. Makes so much sense. In Iceland the 2,5 year old check up is like an exam that takes 1 hour and they ask you hundreds of questions. They want you to stand on one leg and do all kinds of stupid stuff. I had a cold and refused to say my name, how old I was, well answer any of their questions really. So I didn't pass the test. My score was worrying. Mom was told to read me more books.

March 9, 2010

The weekend before last one we had the first snow. Sometimes you don't have to go to the glaciers to find snow you can stay in Reykjavík.
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