The Volcano

Nature seems to have been exceptionally cruel lately.  Still, I find it oddly comforting that there’s still something beyond the control of humankind.  Even Steve Jobs.

Now, there is heavy pressure to get airlines up and running again.  But as one aviation expert put it on NBC Nightly News over the weekend, “I’d rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than be in the air wishing I was on the ground.”



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42 Responses to The Volcano

  1. Linda says:

    Wow, two posts this morning! Good for you and good for us! That aviation expert was on the Today Show this morning and when I heard that quote I thought so true! Although I feel awful for all the stranded tourists, I think grounding the flights is the right thing to do. I’d sure hate to be the one that says ok – it’s safe to fly, and then have a terrible tragedy. Maybe the earth is giving us some kind of warning with all these earthquakes, floods, volcanic action that it’s really time to start taking care our planet.

  2. Dan Wade says:

    Absolutely agree with the expert. Although it’s a total pain and more than an inconvenience to hundreds (possibly thousands) surely they’d rather wait a week than risk their plane coming down rather quicker than is meant to??

  3. Songbird says:

    Exactly! People whine and complain… and I do understand it is not nice to be stranded… but I would rather be safe on the ground than taking my chances… In Europe the airlines are now complaining (of course as they are losing millions) that the restrictions are too strict- and they should be allowed to fly- but honestly- which company would like to take the risk to fly?

  4. James says:

    Gerry – When you go through flight training one of the first things your instructor will tell you is that ‘there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots’. 🙂

    On a more serious note, in the late 80s I was on an over the pole flight from Amsterdam to LAX. Just prior to the plane’s transit of Alaska, a volcano erupted and spewed ash above 40,000 feet. One minute we were cruising along and the next we lost an engine. I was really glad the 747 had four engines at that moment. We continued on to LAX on three engines and were only a few minutes late. I learned then that it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

  5. Some great comments here, and great quotes. And thanks, James, for sharing your first hand experience flying through volcanic ash. Fascinating.

    Good crew ( of readers ) you have there Captain Brooks.

  6. Scope says:

    Ignorance is such bliss…

  7. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Rove did it.

  8. fondutv says:

    Mother nature is certainly on a roll.

  9. slamdunk says:

    What an awful problem that I hope is resolved as quickly and sefely as possible.

  10. this is a great reminder for us to just slow down and understand our place in this world alongside all of its natural habitats. to describe this latest event as “exceptional cruelty” i think is a little self-important (for humans), but i also don’t believe you meant it that way.

    before i go, anyone speak icelandic in here? i tried pronouncing eyjafjallajökullall (the name of the volcano) recently and was apparently way off! wiki pronunciation here: (how can this even be correct?!)

    all in all very good post gerry!

  11. I agree to NBC, I’d rather be on the ground than in the air. The best way right now to travel is by land or sea.


  12. izziedarling says:

    So with you on the ground!

  13. RRONAI says:

    And to think that only 2 weeks ago I got an e-mail from Icelandair promoting Volcanic tourism……being stuck in Iceland would not be all bad….and yes i know that the ash spewed away from the island…but one can dream…i do miss the Blue Lagoon

  14. How did you get all those new folks to read your blog and comment? I need to take a few lessons from you on how to increase the readership of my blog!

    And ” Scope.” What the…?

    • Gerry says:

      For some reason, WordPress featured this post today. Never happened before, but all new visitors are more than welcome to become steady customers.

  15. rick says:

    Never mind when to resume air travel. Whats up with terre firma? Is that the right phase?

  16. If a volcano affects our life so much I wonder what is going to happen when a meteor crushes the earth…

  17. Colin L Beadon says:

    Actually, the whole volcano business is giving us something to think about. We’re lucky it is just a volcano acting up, yet look what it has caused.
    Supose it was a supervolcano like Yellowstone spouting off, or an astaroid strike, or, and I’ve saved this for last, an atomic war ?
    Let us ponder our luck this time.

  18. Halo Reach says:

    Great quote from that NBC news anchor. We have some guys in at work from overseas and their trip home has been delayed. They haven’t been happy about it but things could have been much worse if they’d let that plane take off.

  19. Redge says:

    Great video. I agree with the commentary to stay on the ground. Any company that is more concerned about the loss of revenue than the potential loss of life doesn’t deserve to survive.

    Nature has a unique way of putting our human frailties in perspective. I just wonder what’s going to happen to the climate models now.

  20. maxwelldog says:

    well, I dunno…”Nature seems to have been exceptionally cruel lately ” ?
    Nature is nature. We seem to have a near smug view of our domination over it, but, it is even more powerful because of our smugness.

  21. Another good thing about the volcano grounding all those planes is how quiet things have been around here. We don’t live under the flight path, but since there have been no flights in and out of Hamburg for nearly a week we’ve been enjoying the stillness. I hope it lasts for a while yet.

  22. itzexodus says:

    Nature has been weird these days…

    Especially with these damn earthquakes…

  23. mircelil says:

    mother is now on going unto it’s worst effect.let’s make a step regarding this matter.

  24. Almost all planes scheduled to fly from nairobi to Europe are still grounded at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) since the eruption began 5 days ago. Kenya Airways CEO was heard on TV saying that there would be no flights until the sky is clear.

    The ripple effect has now started to show and the flower export business has been one of the first casualties. Yesterday more than 2,000 units of stale flowers that had been marked for shipment to Amsterdam were shipped back to the producers. Other perishable goods destined for European markets are also beginning to turn yellow.

    However, yesterday a BA test flight carrying some cargo was released from Nairobi JKI Airport to the UK. It reportedly landed there safely without any problems reported in mid-flight. But caution still remains as reports of continued eruption and ash in the sky persist.

    GRUDI Worldwide

  25. Moranna says:

    I am due to fly to the UK on Thursday! At the moment the likelihood of that happening is not great and if the flight is cancelled I get a full refund of my flight monies! If it is not cancelled do I really want to fly? Would I be brave enough to say ‘no thank you’ and would my bank balance allow me to do it?

  26. Tom says:

    great quote – here’s a sleeping plane –

  27. graham says:

    Remember, as one door closes, another opens.
    Think of all the travel business Florida, the caribbean and parts of our country have picked up from those who were going to Europe and had to cancel because of the ash plume. Lots of last minute changes in destinations. When people want to go on vacation………they want to go NOW!

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