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BREAKING NEWS: Eyjafjallajökull volcano stamp with volcanic ash

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Amazing to say the least but according to recent news released by Iceland Post, the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano will get its own stamp in 2010. Many of the hundreds of thousands of travellers will certainly not be running to the Post Office to buy the stamps but one thing is for sure, Iceland Post does know how to attract the attention of collectors worldwide in recent years as these stamps will be surely featured in news bulletin across the World shortly.

A strong debate will no doubt arise as many people (non collectors) will ask themselves if it is correct to simply release a stamp that had not been even previously part of the 2010 stamp program for a volcano which has caused so much air disrupton and financial problems to many individuals and aviation companies?

As a very unique and innovative special feature, all the stamps are silkscreen printed with very fine-grained trachyandesite ash (3 microns (μm) or less) which fell at Eyjafjalla jökull April 17th 2010. The trachyandesite magma has ca. 60% silica content and comes from a depth of 7 km with a temperature of more than 1100°C when it reaches the glacial ice.

As a collector myself, i am always happy that stamps, no matter for what reason, attract media attention and therefore i applaud Iceland for their bravery in issuing these stamps although unfortunately for them, not everyone will be happy. The volcanic events in Eyjafjallajökull which started in March 2010 are considered to be a single eruption divided into different phases. The first phase started on March 20 with a relatively small eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Additional localised disruptions continued for a few weeks.

Beginning on April 14th the eruption entered a second phase, creating an enormous ash cloud that led to the closure of most of Europe’s IFR airspace for a few days – the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War. This phase resulted in an estimated 250 million cubic metres of ejected tephra with the ash plume rising to a height of approx. 9 kilometres. Thick layer of ash fell on some Icelandic farms and pastures, making it very difficult to continue farming, harvesting or grazing livestock. Hundreds of farmers and their families in the worst affected areas had to be evacuated.

By 21 May 2010, the second eruption phase had died down, indicating that the volcano had become dormant again.

Below is an example of a past Volcano stamp issue released by Iceland in 1975. The volcano Heimaey (Eldfell) is located off the south coast of Iceland in the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.

The volcano began erupting on January 23rd, 1973 and continued until June 23rd.

The Island was largely evacuated. Lava threatened to close the only harbour on the Island. Through judicious use of water pumps, the islanders believe they managed to stop the forward progress of the lava. The eruption was magnitude VEI 3.

The stamps, illustrated were issued January 25th 1975  

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Eyjafjallajökull volcano stamp with volcanic ash, 5.0 out of 5 based on 9 ratings

published June 27th, 2010