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Icelandic Volcano

Eruption: April 2010
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Jonathan Hammond-Chambers

on 22 April 2010

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The small Volcano that took on globalisation What is the name of this wee beast? Eyjafjallajokull, pronounced... British newsreaders spent the days after the eruption stumbling over the word Eyjafjallajökull, and the BBC even issued guidance instructing newsreaders to pronounce it: “AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl-uh.”

But it has now emerged that they needn’t have bothered: the volcano spewing a column of ash into the Icelandic skies is in fact called something else entirely.


The mountain ridge containing the volcano itself is simply called Eyjafyoll (Ay-uh-fyotl).

“We have not been at all amused by the travel chaos and all the distress and worry the volcano has caused, we have been very sad about that, but there has been a lot of black humour about the pronunciation.”

“Eyja means island, fyalla or fyjoll means mountain, and jökull means glacier, so the name actually means the island mountain glacier,” she said.

“The mountains under the south part of the glacier, which is where the volcano is, are actually called the island mountains, or Eyjafyoll. Which I suppose would be much easier for you to say.”


How do volcanoes erupt?...http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7533964.stm What are the options for stranded tourist? Navy ships tranported 'stranded' tourists in Europe
In summary, train operators including Eurostar and Virgin Trains are running extra services. Ferry services have limited space and you should check with the operator before you travel.

Eurotunnel
Eurostar
Brittany Ferries
Transmanche: Ferries sailing out of Newhaven and Dieppe.
LD Lines: Running to time with limited space reported. LD Lines run ferries from Dover, Ramsgate, Newhaven and Portsmouth.
TransEuropa: Transeuropa run a service from Ramsgate to Ostend. Running to time but not accepting foot passengers.
Ferries from Dover: P&O Ferries have limited space but are running to time. Sea France and LD Lines services are on time, space available.
P&O Ferries from Hull
P&O Irish Ferries
Virgin Trains
East Coast
National Express coaches
Eurolines coaches
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