Ash Cloud From Iceland`s Volcano [Gif]

Submitted by: trp712 6 years ago

Now you can see what all the fuss was about with this overhead radar view...
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Female 1,070
Well...

poo.

I like how Iceland is actually getting NONE of that ash cloud hahah.
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Male 14
@Ruswut, i just ment they arnt dangerous at the density they are found in the atmosphere. your right that any long term exposure to higher density silcates will cause irritation of the lungs and possible silicosis.
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Female 75
At one point, it just started to look like a psychedelic Pokemon...
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Male 363
pretty neat how bodies of water affect atmospheric conditions.... i live by a fairly large lake and some days it will rain all over the city but my neighborhood stays dry....
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Male 82
"Parts of this aren`t true. I live in Donegal, which is the North-West of Ireland, and it says on this there was ash covering the whole of Ireland on the 18th..Not true..The skies were clear blue all day yesterday and today, and throughout the night...Just sayin..."

Skys are clear blue here in england yet no plane can leave or arrive here because of it.
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Male 124
finally some cool content... probably the coolest thing ive seen all night on here.
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Male 275
Looks like Iceland is taking a rainbow piss on Europe
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Male 151
haha totally thought the whole time that it was gonna turn into a cool shape
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Male 51
Nevrmind...Just saw Tohzan`s post...heh...
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Male 51
Parts of this aren`t true. I live in Donegal, which is the North-West of Ireland, and it says on this there was ash covering the whole of Ireland on the 18th..Not true..The skies were clear blue all day yesterday and today, and throughout the night...Just sayin...
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Male 1,266
@tozham actually depending on the size of the silicate particles they could be harmful...
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Male 499
No airplanes are able to leave or enter Norway right now because of that volcano. People who were on vacation are stuck and aren`t able to get back in probably a couple of weeks.

The smoke is possibly going to stay for 1-3 years, like the last time that volcano errupted.

The Eurovision contest is hosted in Norway in a few months, and who knows how the other contestants are going to make it here.

On the bright side, that may mean we will win again 2 years in a row. :P
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Male 126
Just wondering if the OP or anyone else knows the *original* source of this animation. Just looking for an updated animation.
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Male 440
DAMN
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Male 14
You wont see it because its not visible with the naked eye. It mostly consists of very finely dispersed silicate particles which, while not directly dangerous to humans, could f*ck a jet engine easy.

<<atmospheric chemist
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Female 511
I thought this passed right over my house. Then I realised it was just night.
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Male 1,835
:O it passed right over me and i didn`t see it. i think it was really foggy when it first happened though.-.
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Female 1,435
I didnt know it was so bad! geeze! Imagen being going on holiday and it turned out to be really poo then having to stay another week because this happend. oh and running out of money while your stuck out there. That would suck V_V
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Female 4,349
volcanopocolypse
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Male 231
It`s over where I am in England....all the airports have been closed because the ash will totally screw up a planes engines. And they say now that an even bigger volcano is gonna erupt....it erupted before and that whole year was one long winter in the entire northern hemisphere because the sun just never got through the giant ash clowd
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Female 160
ICELAND`S FIRIN` ITS LAZOOOR
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Male 815
holy smokes!! get it? smokes...




screw you guys, i`m going home.
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Male 894
that ash cloud will never reach america, cuz america has a hidden force shield that...doesnt do $h!+. damn we`re all screwed. owell. *rolls a joint*
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Male 12,365
[quote]Not exactly. [/quote]

Yes, exactly. In several countries.

[quote]Energy is required to wind the cable back up - energy equal to the amount generated by unwinding it.[/quote]

That`s the guts of where you`re wrong. The amount of energy needed to wind the cable back in is significantly less than the amount generated by the cable being pulled out because you vary the angle of the kite.

On the way out, it`s tilted perpendicular to the wind. It catches the wind like a sail and is pulled out with a lot of force.

On the way back, it`s tilted parallel to the wind. The surface area presented to the wind is hugely reduced, so the air exerts far less force on the kite, so far less energy is needed to retract the cable.

It`s like the difference between a ship under full sail and a ship with its sails furled - a huge difference.

It`s not pure theory - kite power rigs have been built and do have a net generation of electricity.
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Male 45
im here in newfoundland and that ash cloud is gonna be over us tmmorow if it keeps moving like that
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Male 12,365
[quote]I`m from Iceland! And probably the most hated guy on I-A-B now... among Europeans at least.[/quote]

Only the stupid ones. You didn`t start the eruption and you can`t stop it, so it isn`t your fault. As far as I know, the best human technology can do is divert some types of lava flow (which would do nothing for the ash, obviously).
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Male 9,306
initiald013 - Oh...well I can see where a plane falling out of the sky and killing bystanders would be a setback. >.>;
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Male 906
wow... thats actually pretty sweet.
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Female 3,828
dude, its not iceland`s fault. natural disaster. so stfu
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Male 72
Wow, that cloud moves fast.

@Nidonemo It wouldn`t work because ash build-up on the wings is not the problem. The problem is that ash gets sucked into the engines, is melted in the heat, and then solidifies before exiting the engines, causing engine failure. :D I literally just saw this on Science channel an hour ago. lol
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Male 143
I`m from Iceland! And probably the most hated guy on I-A-B now... among Europeans at least.
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Male 1,452
woah the cloud seems to stop moving and condense at the latitude at the bottom of france. sucks for you europeans
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Female 346
Lmfao at Lionhart2
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Male 9,306
Woahhh WOAAAAHHHHH...okay...damn...

Hey I have an idea for an invention. A plane that is computer piloted that has fans to dissipate the ash cloud covering the wings and body of the aircraft. Would that work?
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Male 3,915
well....iceland....now people know that you exist...
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Male 8,302
Woah you Europeans must have really pretty skies at the moment, with all those colors floating above you.
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Male 1,054
"Kites are a far more realistic method. Proof of concept exists - it`s being used right now."

Not exactly.

The kite generators create power by spinning a rotor in a generator from the force of the unwinding cable attached to the kite - the lift from the wind pulls the cable out. When the maximum reach of the cable is reached, the kite is tipped to cause it to fall to earth.

Energy is required to wind the cable back up - energy equal to the amount generated by unwinding it.

Even with a two kite system - one to generate power, one to power rewinding the other - all that cable falling to earth is not going to fall neatly, it will tangle, drape, snarl, and snag. Considerable human power will be required throughout operation to release, recapture and untangle the kites.
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Female 1,963
I have a lot of friends trying to get back from vacations who now have to spend like 3 days travelling by train rather than a few hours by plane.
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Male 28
I live in Ireland and the sky is completely black here now. It could be Icelands fault, or it could be that its 1am...I choose to blame Iceland!
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Male 656
Wow...
Friggin volcano...
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Male 12,365
[quote]angilion, you really over estimate wind power. building a turbine that tall, which can withstand wind that strong is unrealistic.[/quote]

Which is why I never mentioned doing it. Kites are a far more realistic method. Proof of concept exists - it`s being used right now.

[quote]Wind Energy is non-dispatchable. This may also put a spanner in depending upon wind power as a primary energy supplier. Wind energy depends upon the wind in an area and therefore is a variable source of energy.[/quote]

But much less variable further up than near the ground.

It would be plausible to use pumped hydroelectric as an energy storage device - over-produce electricity when possible, get most of the excess back from hydro when required.

I was overstating the case, but not by that much. Wind could possibly supply a large proportion of UK electricty requirements. It`s certainly worth seriously looking into.
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Female 162
OldOllie have you been reading XKCD?
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Male 1,153
o sh*t! it keeps repeating! will the airspace never be open!
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Male 341
Iceland: The kid that farts in the elevator.

Europe- "nice one non-nice individual"
Iceland- "my bad"
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Male 37
notice that Italy is completely fine? connection to the mob? i don`t know...
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Male 166
angilion, you really over estimate wind power. building a turbine that tall, which can withstand wind that strong is unrealistic.
Many potential wind farms, places where wind energy can be produced on a large scale, are far away from places for which wind energy is best suited. Therefore, the economical nature of wind energy may take a beating in terms of costs of new substations and transmission lines.

Wind Energy is non-dispatchable. This may also put a spanner in depending upon wind power as a primary energy supplier. Wind energy depends upon the wind in an area and therefore is a variable source of energy. The amount of wind supplied to a place and the amount of energy produced from it will depend on various factors like wind speeds and the turbine characteristics.
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Male 15,832
CrakrJak "The smoking hole needs a big ass cork!"

Would that be a big-ass cork, or a big ass-cork?
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Male 833
icelands new secret volcano fart weapon of doom.
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Male 438
he he... iceland let one rip. thank god im upwind...
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Male 621
way to go iceland...
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Male 12,365
This gif also demonstrates something else:

If we could put wind power stations thousands of feet up over the UK, we`d have our electricity generation sorted. There is strong, consistent wind up there. Kite-based power stations really should have a higher priority for R&D money.
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Female 9,403
That`s kewl. :)
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Male 12,365
[quote]Any word on the eco-nuts protesting all the CO2 this thing`s emitting?[/quote]

It`s a single very small volcano. The CO2 it`s emitting is much less than the CO2 that would have been emitted by the grounded planes. So it`s good news for the aforementioned eco-nuts.
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Male 134
thats fake! i seen it with mine eyes
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Male 12,365
[quote]and im proud to be an american where at least i know im free, from the ash!!! hahahahah[/quote]

You have your own volcanoes to worry about, with Yellowstone at the top of the list. If that goes, it will make this seem trivial.
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Male 17,512
The smoking hole needs a big ass cork!
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Male 1,505
It looks like Iceland is letting loose with a big wafting fart all over Europe
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Female 276
@sonnikku: ye according to that map im in the pink, yet theres no clouds let alone anything else, lol doing wonders for me tho, im in a flightpath normally, its great to enjoy the sun in the quiet!
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Female 3,562
IT`S COMING RIGHT FOR US OH GOD
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Male 25,416
Wow Thats huge!
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Male 350
Erm.. I haven`t seen any ash at all. The sky`s blue all weekend. Is this a drating hoax? Lol.
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Male 5,194
As a proud American, I have no sense of geography and couldn`t tell you where this was - even if it was something important like a game show question for a lot of money.
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Female 224
horay for america!
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Male 109
awwwww crap, for a sec there i thought it`d miss my house (southern england)
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Male 236
America`s just like, "Pssh, not my problem, I`m way over here!"
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Male 1,266
"and im proud to be an american where at least i know im free, from the ash!!! hahahahah"

until the wind changes... or this keeps going another few weeks...
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Male 77
damn and thats just ONE volcano folks
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Male 321
and im proud to be an american where at least i know im free, from the ash!!! hahahahah
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Female 1,181
what`s the big deal? now everything is all pretty pastel colors.
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Female 142
everyones stuck... so annoying. my dads stuck in china and has to fly hong kong to mumbai to south africa to madrid, all to get to germany
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Male 155
i was stuck in rome for 2 days and had a 30 hour coach trip back because of this stupid volcano
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Female 857
Bloody ash all over my beautiful Mini!! NOT COOL
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Female 34
Haha Harry.
I love how it`s iceland`s volcano yet they are not at all covered in ash. Asholes.
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Male 1,240
It`s already drated up the weather here in stockholm. Sun, 7 C and Snow. Not Ash, but snow. drat you Iceland.
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Female 202
drating volcanos.
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Male 272
bullpoo
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Male 1,590
Wow! That`s one big-ash cloud!
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Male 2,005
i never saw a ash cloud when it was supposed to be where i live
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Male 965
It looks like Iceland is pissing on Eurasia.
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Male 2,553
YESSSS! I actually love Iceland for this, it means my Social Studies teacher is stuck in Spain! Wooo!

Victory for the lazy people!
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Female 26
Stupid volcano won`t let me fly home :[
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Male 716
That`s not good methinks.
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Male 10,440
[quote] But flying aircraft through that dust will (over time) mess the planes up badly! [/quote]

Yeah, that`s why they`ve shut down air traffic.
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Male 1,254
Clearly Bush`s fault.

I have a professor from Iceland who has been documenting this for weeks now. Since he kicks so much ass, I think he needs to make a trip home and tame the volcano.
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Male 15,832
I`ve been searching the Interwebs for 2 days looking for this information, and it turns up on I-A-B! Good work, guys.
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Male 214
OMG! i think i saw jesus in the smoke cloud!
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Female 961
yeah band timing too, being the end of spring break here lots of people stuck in random spots
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Male 10,440
lol @ Angilion
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Male 185
Watch out Newfoundland!
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Male 36,543
It doesn`t take much to upset our fragile economic system eh? But flying aircraft through that dust will (over time) mess the planes up badly! Causing crashes and other undesirable events.
Any word on the eco-nuts protesting all the CO2 this thing`s emitting? lolz!
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Female 2,352
That is a sh*t ton of ash. >.>
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Male 619
Check it out - April 15, 9 AM



Is that Elvis? Yo, King!
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Female 497
Oh it would be ever so terrible if I were stuck in Ireland for another few weeks...>_>
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Male 12,365
I see the root of the problem. The volcano is called Eyjafjallajökull and it has sneezed trying to pronounce its own name :)
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Female 299
those iceland people barely get any of their own ash. however, here in the uk, no flights to or from anywhere. rrr, typical.
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Male 12,365
It`s a little odd to not see any contrails in the sky. I hadn`t realised how common they were until there weren`t any.

Things could get much worse. This volcano is, by Icelandic standards, a little one that is not very active. It`s connected to a much bigger and much more active one and there`s some evidence to support the idea that an eruption from this small one might set off an eruption from the bigger one. That could ground flights for months, which would be a serious economic problem. We`d be hit particularly badly here in the UK because we`re slap bang in the usual wind patterns for maximum dustiness and there is usually a huge amount of planes flying in and out of here.
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Male 4,680
"Gorgack, it`s funny you should say that, my friends and I were saying the other day how the air seemed to have changed slightly... it`s not an immediate smell or anything, but it`s noticable at times. x"
I live in the midlands so if you live further south than me it`ll probably reach you soon as the cloud heads your way. But yeah, the air HAS changed noticeably. Just glad I`m not severely asthmatic...
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Male 1,674
man, sux to be europe
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Male 99
interesting fact i noticed in this picture:

you can see that thing all the way in afghanistan!
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Male 4,867
perty colours. derp
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Female 251
Gorgack, it`s funny you should say that, my friends and I were saying the other day how the air seemed to have changed slightly... it`s not an immediate smell or anything, but it`s noticable at times. x
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Male 302
"That is one big Ash hole!"

-1

Same verdict I gave it on urban dictionary today.
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Female 7,838
Little tiny bit of dust here.
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Female 160
Wow! That really is incredible. I`m supposed to fly to Itlay on Saturday. I hope this is all blown over by then and I can get there!
I don`t think I will ever use "blown over" so properly ever again.
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Male 4,680
It`s pretty weird here at the moment. If you poke your head outside you can smell a faint burning smell, and I haven`t seen any jet planes in days.
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Male 532
That is one big Ash hole!
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Female 460
poo...screw you, Iceland! lol not really.
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Male 2,056
oooohhhh ok
1) i didn`t know it was in iceland
2) so that`s the "SODDING VOLCANO"
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Male 2,238
Link: Ash Cloud From Iceland`s Volcano [Gif] [Rate Link] - Now you can see what all the fuss was about with this overhead radar view...
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