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Been wanting to blog bout this incident for a while but finally gettin around to doing it today. Thanks to a photo mail that i received today which showcases the massive destruction that this volcano (Eyjafjallajokull) has caused for the past one week.

Located in the island nation of Iceland, this volcano  erupted almost a week ago and has caused wide spread chaos with its massive dust cloud disrupting airlines across the entire European belt. Many airlines are said to go bankrupt if the situation doesn’t improve soon. Cruise ship have been pulled in by the UK government to ferry stranded passengers from various parts of the region including senior delegates.

Here are some pics of the volcano and the destruction it has caused so far. These shots have been taken by Photographer Martin Rietze who got to within 250 meters of the volcano.

Map of Iceland n the impact of smoke cloud

Heart of the volcano, Iceland

Lava flowing towards the sea

Main highway in Iceland washed away

Smoke cloud rising above the clouds

volcanic eruption at the Fimmvorduhals volcano

Ice chunks on the Markarfljot riverbank

Nasa pic of ash moving towards Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Russia

people stranded in airports for days

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The tourism and forest departments of BJP-governed Karnataka plans to launch terror tourism, based on the life and trails of forest brigand Veerappan, shot down by a special police team in 2004.

Veerappan with his band of men Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Tourism Director K Vishwanatha Reddy said construction of ecotourism facilities, including solar electrification, is at an advanced stage in Veer-appan’s village, Gopinatham, 200 km from Bangalore.
A trekking scheme, called Mystery Trails, will be part of the package for high-end and mid-rung tourists.

“Mystery Trails aims to explore the myths surrounding the brigand, his hideouts, escape routes and harsh living conditions,” said Deputy Conservator of Forests Narayan Swamy. “People would surely like to know what were the incidents that took place.

The “incidents” during Veerappan’s 20-year reign of terror across 6,000 sq km of forests in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, included the killing of 184 people, many of them police and forest officials, smuggling of sandalwood worth Rs 103 crore, and poaching of at least 200 elephants.

Western Ghats bordering Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu was dominated by Veerappan until his death

Source: Hindustantimes.com

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