Fast facts about active volcano Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland.
- Eyjafjallajokull is a currently active volcano in Iceland.
- In translation, Eyjafjallajokull means Eyja (island) fjalla (mountain) jokull (glacier). It is called Eyja for short.
- The summit of Eyja is 5,466 feet.
- Eyja is currently erupting and its last eruption was from 1821 to 1823.
- Eyja’s current volcanic activity caused a total shut down of airspace over many European nations for 5 days and is believed to have caused the largest financial loss in the air travel industries history.
- Eyja is located just west of volcano Katla. Katla is even larger and more powerful than Eyja.
- Eyja covers 39 square miles.
- Eyja used to be part of the Atlantic coastline. The coastline has receded and Eyja now has many steep cliffs and waterfalls.
- Eyja’s eruptions in 1821 to 1823 caused fluoride poisoning to many farm animals.