It slumbered for two hundred years. Now that it has decided to awaken, it threatens to take the whole world in its embrace. The Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl) volcano in southern Iceland began spouting dust, ashes and lava after midnight on the 21st of March, 2010.
Situated in the fifth largest glacier in Iceland, the volcano gave rise to dangerous flooding due to the melting of the glaciers. Local authorities evacuated hundreds of people to safe locations in preparation for the floods. 

All forms of transport were instantly closed to ensure maximum safety. Flights to and from the region are still suspended thus causing many travelers to be stranded in different parts of Europe. Iceland‘s volcano is causing airlines a loss of approximately two hundred million dollars per day. European and British airlines are the worst hit as almost 77 percent of their flights have been cancelled.

The volcano erupted again on the 14th of April putting an end to opinions that it would not cause flooding. This time, the lava and ashes caused a large amount of flooding and destruction.
Lying on a highly volatile Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland has experienced many such volcanic activities. The Eyjafjallajokull Glacier has witnessed such eruptions at least five times since the ninth century settlement of Iceland. The eastern highway was completely destroyed by a glacier outburst caused by the eruptions in the Vatnajökull Glacier around four years ago. Similarly, in November 2004, the Grímsvötn volcano erupted causing vast destruction and flooding. The Loki volcano unexpectedly blasted its way into the list of active volcanoes in 1996. As the land of 22 active volcanoes, Iceland was not expecting what they thought of as least dangerous to cause so much trouble. 

The last time the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano erupted was in the 1820’s when it continued to spew forth for eighteen months. If the same happens now, it could portend major losses and perhaps a long halt to airlines in the region.