Before the eruption, earthquakes shook the countries of Haiti, Chili and China. Those earthquakes were much more destructive than the eruption that has taken place in Iceland, but show that the continued string of natural disasters has been particularly more potent in recent months.
Ash from the eruption have rained down over the nation, covering many homes, cars, and streets in a thick soot that is also responsible for the cancellation of many flights throughout the region. The recent unexpected eruption is furthermore proof that our world is more fragile than we have been lead to believe.
Before recent events, volcanic eruptions seemed like a very unlikely reason why air travel would have to be shut down. The volcano has managed to strand millions of travelers away from their homes and has caused even more to cancel vacation plans, lessening tourism dollars produced throughout Europe.
The ramifications from the ash cloud has been felt world wide. The large plume has hurt businesses around the world including florists in Africa, electronics supply stores in Asia and stopped Barack Obama from attending funerals in Poland for the government officials who died in the recent plane crash.