Denpasar (Indonesia) (AFP) - The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Sunday after an erupting volcano forced its closure for the second time in just a few days and caused fresh travel misery for stranded holidaymakers.
In April 2010, it was Iceland's unpronouncable Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted and forced more than 100,000 flights to be canceled on concern glass-like particles formed from lava could melt in aircraft engines and clog turbines. A year later, in May 2011, ash from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano forced flight cancellations in Scotland, northern England and Germany leading to further lower "GDP adjustments" across Europe which back then was in desperate need of a scapegoat for its then double-dip recession.
Greece seems sort of fixed. At least for now. After a July 5 referendum that saw Greek citizens vote against Greece's latest bailout, the Greek government struck basically the same deal with its creditors anyway. This is what Europe wanted, what markets wanted, and this deal avoided a worst-case scenario that would've seen Greece potentially pushed out of the euro currency union.
The eruption of an active volcano in Alaska is causing local carriers to cancel some flights, and could impact commercial airline traffic if it the situation becomes more severe. The plume of ash spewing from Pavlof Volcano, on the Alaskan Peninsula, is currently reaching about 20,000 feet into the air, the altitude at which some small aircraft fly.
Local airlines have been advised to avoid an erupting volcano in Indonesia, the AP reports. Mt. Sinabung, an 8,350-foot active volcano, last erupted in August 2010. This eruption began Sunday. More than 15,000 residents have fled the area, according to the AP.
Mt. Everest might be the tallest mountain on Earth, but it's nothing compared to the tallest volcanic mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons on our red cousin Mars. John Brady at Astronomy Central shows, in the image below, what this gargantuan feature would look like if it were on the continent of North America — it would completely cover the state of Arizona!