A Derry woman currently living in Iceland has told the ‘Journal’ of her fears as volcanic ash cloud descended over her home.
Sinéad McCarron, who moved to Reykjavik almost three years ago, said the ash from the Grimsvotn volcano turned the sky black as it moved across Iceland’s capital.
“At this time of year we usually have daylight for twenty four hours, but when the cloud moved over on Sunday night there was complete darkness. It was very eerie.”
“It made me very worried because even my partner Palli, who has lived in Iceland most of his life, admitted he has never seen anything like this before and being from Derry I have never experienced anything like this.”
The Grimsvotn volcano, one of the most active in the country, is a five hour journey from Sinead’s Reykjavik home, however the ash clouds reached the country’s capital quickly and ash began to fall. The latest eruption is the volcano’s most powerful eruption in 100 years.
“Last year, when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted the ash clouds made it uncomfortable to breathe. Thankfully the clouds seem to be dispersing with the wind.”
Sinéad won’t be taking any chances with her 15-month-old son Daôi as the authorities have advised small children and anyone with lung conditions, including Asthma, to remain inside.
“Even though the ash clouds are dispersing and we can’t see them as well, the ash will still linger in the air for some time. We will have to be careful for a while and Daôi is just too young to be outside.”
“Thankfully the situation isn’t as bad as we were expecting and it has calmed quite quickly.
While Sinéad is devastated for all those who live closest to the volcano site, particularly the farmers who have lost land and livestock she did enjoy being able to get to sleep in the dark on Sunday night.
“For me it was the only good thing to come out of this and it was a blessing to have darkness at night time!”
The Met Office has said an ash cloud from the Grimsvotn volcano is expected to reach Ireland by first thing this morning and predict this makes flight disruption more likely.