Unusual-Volcano-Ash




On April, 2010 the volcano  “Eyjafjallajokull” erupted in Island with an important impact worldwide.  The ash cloud reached a high of 9 km leading to the closing of air traffic in many airports in Europe. It was the major air traffic disruption since world war II.

Iceland Post issues a series of three stamps with the ash of the volcano incorporated.





The volcanic events in Eyjafjallajökull which started in March 2010 are considered to be a single eruption divided into different phases. The first phase started on March 20 with a relatively small eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Additional localized disruptions continued for a few weeks. Beginning on April 14th the eruption entered a second phase, creating an enormous ash cloud that led to the closure of most of Europe's IFR airspace for a few days - the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War. This phase resulted in an estimated 250 million cubic meters of ejected tephra with the ash plume rising to a height of approx. 9 kilometers  Thick layer of ash fell on some Icelandic farms and pastures, making it very difficult to continue farming, harvesting or grazing livestock. Hundreds of farmers and their families in the worst affected areas had to be evacuated. By 21 May 2010, the second eruption phase had died down, indicating that the volcano had become dormant again.The volcanic events in Eyjafjallajökull which started in March 2010 are considered to be a single eruption divided into different phases. The first phase started on March 20 with a relatively small eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Additional localized disruptions continued for a few weeks. Beginning on April 14th the eruption entered a second phase, creating an enormous ash cloud that led to the closure of most of Europe's IFR airspace for a few days - the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War. This phase resulted in an estimated 250 million cubic meters of ejected tephra with the ash plume rising to a height of approx. 9 kilometers  Thick layer of ash fell on some Icelandic farms and pastures, making it very difficult to continue farming, harvesting or grazing livestock. Hundreds of farmers and their families in the worst affected areas had to be evacuated. By 21 May 2010, the second eruption phase had died down, indicating that the volcano had become dormant again.


Day of issue: 22.07.2010
Designer: Borgar H. Árnason, Hany Hadaya, H2 hönnun
Number per sheet: 10
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Size: 31.50 x 39 mm
Printing process: Offset Litho + volcanic ash silk screen printed


Source: Iceland Post