Huge ash production at Icelandic volcano

eyjafjall3-little1(This article relates to the 2010 eruption at Eyjafjallajokull. For information on the May 2011 eruption at Grimsvotn, please check the IceNews homepage for regular updates) Some 200 tonnes of new earth are being created by the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in South Iceland every second, according to the Icelandic Met Office and the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Iceland.

Soil/ash production has been particularly high over recent days with ash fall noticeable in a wide area of southern Iceland, and as far away as Reykjavik and Seydisfjordur.

In other news, the volcano and accompanying ash fall have cast uncertainty over hay production for livestock in the region this summer. Even on farms where hay is produced, it is likely extra winter rations will be needed from elsewhere, meaning other farms in Iceland will need to increase their hay production, according to the farming website Farmers in South Iceland worry about the potential cost of extra hay and it is hoped colleagues will be charitable.

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