Iceland’s new hell – Eyjafjallajokull

In awe of the Power of Nature? I certainly am and the photos in the link below depicting the tragedy yet amazingly beautiful images that can still be elicited from such a catastrophic event, just have to be seen to be believed. I’m alluding of course to the Icelandic volcano with a name hardly anyone can pronounce, let alone spell – Eyjafjallajokull. We can of course enjoy these once in a lifetime simply stunning photographs and yet wonder at the same time how the Icelandic people who have been so badly affected by this catastrophe are coping. Iceland as a country is on the brink of becoming bankrupt and this is yet another nail in their coffin.

Just to give you an inkling of how this link will leave you in awe, just take a quick squizz at a few of the photos from it – awesome, amazing, frightening, powerful – you can add in your own words. And don’t forget to click on the link below – you will be truly amazed.

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

These photos also capture how the people, landscape and livestock of Iceland have been affected. Some will never recover thanks to the sheer level of ash and toxic gas they have been exposed to.  The sad thing is that since time began, volcanoes have been spewing forth, so this will not be the last time this will happen. And thank goodness it has nothing to do with global warming or we’d for sure have yet another tax imposed on us for some reason or another.

What I did find unsettling is that with 1 major volcanic eruption, the world stopped, unable to travel most of it, people stranded everywhere for days at a time and of course, with Acts of God, the insurers were well and truly covered – no help for the insured travelers. Funny that!

There was an upside to this I know of for a few travellers stranded in more delectable places like Andalucia in Spain and Hawaii and even Paris- one couple got engaged and the others became even greater friends after an enforced period of togetherness. So it might have been a great thing for those dating and ‘discovering each other’…

A small plane (upper left) flies past smoke and ash billowing from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

A small plane (upper left) flies past smoke and ash billowing from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

I did hear one rumour that may have a positive effect for the world if it’s true – that each time there’s a major volcanic eruption somewhere in the world that the effects of global warming are improved by half a degree. No idea if this rumour has been verified but if it is true, maybe we do need a few more volcanic eruptions in places where people are not going to be affected, just so we can get a bit more equilibrium back.  Would love to hear from you guys if this positive effect on global warming is true or not. Maybe this is the silver lining.

Farmers team up to rescue cattle from exposure to the toxic volcanic ash at a farm in Nupur, Iceland, as the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

Farmers team up to rescue cattle from exposure to the toxic volcanic ash at a farm in Nupur, Iceland, as the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

Enough of my blabbering – do please click on this most amazing selection of photos depicting the power of nature – again. 

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/04/more_from_eyjafjallajokull.html

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