Iceland volcano: technical meeting at the Department of Civil Protection22 aprile 2010
Today, 16 April, the Department of Civil Protection has organised an operations meeting on the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull and the expanding cloud of ash that is affecting Europe. Following a limited initial eruption phase, the magma then penetrated the central crater on 14 April, coming into contact with the glacial icecap that covers it. The fragmentation of the magma caused by this contact has given rise to a cloud of ash that has spread to north and central Europe.
Through its Centro Funzionale Centrale for volcanic risk, the Department is monitoring the situation together with the Italian Air Force, so as to be able to plan the appropriate measures to be taken should the cloud spread to Italy. Air traffic may be subject to particular disruptions, as seen in neighbouring Austria, where Innsbruck airport has already been closed. The situation in Italy is changing and airports in the north are due to close sometime between this evening and tomorrow.
The Department is working with the Ferrovie and motorway operators during airport closure. Therefore, ENAV - the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, COI - Comando Operativo Interforze (Military Central Operation Command), the Società Autostrade (Italian Motorway Corporation) and the Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian State Railways) will also be present at today's operations meeting.
A second technical meeting will be held tomorrow,17 April, and relative updates will be made available upon its conclusion.