How ironic that I posted a video yesterday about the plane-choked skies right about the same time those skies were being shut down across Europe. It seems that mother nature still has the power to put all of us in our place: a volcanic eruption in Iceland sent plumes of ash into the air, creating a high-altitude cloud that’s now drifting towards Europe. The ash, it turns out, contains silicates, which melt in the high heat of jet engines, causing them to flame out and stall.
If only this had happened next Thursday, April 22 – it would have made for a sardonic complement to Earth Day.
Check out video below of the erupting volcano, courtesy of ITN, as well as satellite imagery of the dark ash plume.