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Eyjafjallajökull eruption melts glacier

Posted by feww on April 15, 2010

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New volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull melts Gígjökull  glacial tongue, causing extensive flooding in Markarfljót river, south of Iceland

Eruption at Eyjafjöll is consistent with recent global patterns of volcanism and tectonism. Wild eruptions may occur in Iceland and elsewhere—Fire-Earth [March 22]


Eyjafjallajökull erupts, causing extensive flooding. Photo credit: MBL-IS. Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge.

Geologists who flew over Eyjafjallajökull glacier said a deep fault trough has occurred  around the crater below the summit of the glacier.

The gap measures about 500 meters, a report said. However, the geologists were unable to detect any vents or signs of eruption due to the cloud cover.

The eruption which occurred in the top crater, buried about 200m beneath the ice, ejected a large plume of volcanic ash that reached a height of about 6,700m (22,000 feet) and there was ash fall to the east of Fimmvörduháls.

The glacial river has flooded at a rate of about 1,000 cubic meters per second, a report said.

Air Traffic Suspended North of Norway

Norway has suspended air traffic in its northern airspace due to the threat of engine damage from the impact of volcanic ash that has traveled far covering a vast area after the eruption at Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The ash and smoke particles in the air have also reduced visibility considerably, a report said.


Maps of Ash Drift from Eyjafjallajökull Eruption. Source: RUV Island. Image may be subject to copyright.
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“We have closed the aviation area between Bodoe and Tromsoe and are considering closing the aviation area all the way south to Trondheim,” Sindre Aanonsen, spokesperson for the Norwegian air traffic control center said to reporters.

Fimmvörduháls Eruption

The eruption at Fimmvörduháls, which began on March 20,  has extended the height of the mountain by about 82 meters, geologists were reported as saying.


Eyjafjallajökull volcano’s lava fountains (April 13, 2010). Photo: Patrick Koster, Barcroft/Fame Pictures/ via National Geographic. Image may be subject to copyright
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4 Responses to “Eyjafjallajökull eruption melts glacier”

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