Following the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption is the Shiveluch volcano in Russia. This volcano erupted over the weekend, and could possibly give travelers problems again with the ash it’s emitting. The Shiveluch volcano is already 70,000 years old, and its eruptions began last May 2009. During the last few days after its most recent eruption, the volcano coughed up ash three miles up the atmosphere.

Still, experts say there’s no real danger for the villages surrounding the volcano. They also claim that ash problems caused by the recent eruption would be minimal, if there are any. However, we must take note that no one is really capable of predicting the total damage of volcanic eruptions in general. Because of the experts generalized statements in the past, they’ve even been tagged as extremely bad at these predictions.

Just in case you’re planning to fly over the Pacific any time soon, be prepared for automatic cancellations (just in case Science fails humanity again). The mouth of the Shiveluch has grown bigger by at least 50% since last year, when the volcano snapped out of its dormancy. The slopes are now also dangerously steep.

If we look at Northern Eurasia alone, this volcano is rated the most active. The village nearest the volcano is pretty small, and people there can be easily evacuated, which is probably why the experts are only too assured about how little the damage of another eruption causes. While seismologists registered 180 possible earthquakes should the volcano erupt again, no one seems to be panicking.

For those who are curious about the cost of the Eyjafjallajokull to European airports, the figures have risen to $371 million. Now this is something which could have been prevented if these airports weren’t taken by surprise.



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