Eyjafjallajökull eruption intensifies
Eyjafjallajökull eruption 10 times more powerful than Fimmvörduháls Eruption in March: Iceland volcanologist
The eruption which occurred 200 meter beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier has intensified after ejecting a 6.7-km plume of ash and smoke into the air and causing extensive flooding south of Iceland, volcanologist Armannn Hoskuldsson at University of Iceland said. He noted that the eruption was 10 times more powerful than the March 20 Fimmvörduháls eruption.
“It’s becoming more intense, but there will be no lava—this is purely an explosive eruption,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
Eruption at Eyjafjallajökull glacier melts Gígjökull glacial tongue, causing extensive flooding in Markarfljót river, south of Iceland. Credit: Vefbold-Island. Image may be subject to copyright.
Volcanic Ash and Smoke forces cancellation of about 4,500 flights throughout N. Europe
A cloud of volcanic ash is seen between Iceland (TOP L) and Scotland, in northern Britain, in this handout satellite photograph taken at 0800 GMT on Thursday, and received from Britain’s Met Office in London on April 15, 2010. Airport operator BAA said on Thursday it expected all flights in and out of London’s Heathrow and Stansted airports to be suspended from 12:00 p.m. due to a cloud of volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland. The grids and coastlines were superimposed on the photograph by the Met Office. Credit: REUTERS/EUMETSAT/Met Office/Handout. Click image to enlarge.
Eyjafjallajökull has been erupting for more than 24 hours, disrupting air traffic throughout northern Europe. Britain’s National Air Traffic Service (NATS) declared Britain’s airs pace a no-fly zone. Only emergency flights are allowed in British air space.
The situation is pretty much the same across the region. Airlines have canceled or diverted thousands of flights from Norway, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
Markarfljót river located to the west of Eyjafjallajökull glacier flooded for the second time last night, a local report said, describing the second flood as “completely unlike the first one.” The earlier floodwater measured about 4 degrees Celsius and was ice free. The second flood, however, was said to have a high ice content with large quantities of ice chunks measuring up to 15 cm thick The latter flood water was also colder than the first measuring degrees Celsius C. The floodwaters have caused extensive damage to roads and bridges.
The ash fall from the eruption has covered thousands of hectares of land to the east of the glacier Iceland’s fifth largest, in a thick blanket of ash.
Up to 800 people have fled their homes or been evacuated by the authorities.
- Video footage of the new volcanic eruption on Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland and flooding in Markarfljót river is posted here.
- Eruption Footage
- Video by MBL
- Horfa á kvikmyndir frá Hvannárgili [26 march 2010]
- Horfa á kvikmyndir frá Hrunagili [26 march 2010]
- Eruption Caught on Video by Iceland Coast Guard (WMV) – 20 March 2010
- Hrunagil (video)
- Iceland TV RUC
- New map of the lava flow from 21 – 24 March 2010
- Latest Map of volcanic emissions 25 March 2010 (Icelandic)
Webcams – Volcanoes in Iceland
- Hekla: http://www.ruv.is/hekla/
- Katla: http://www.ruv.is/katla/
Latest Images (RUV): http://www.ruv.is/flokkar/hamfarir
Related Headline News
- Photo Shows Eerie Closeness to Volcano, Says Farmer Hit by Flood [April 15, 2010]
- Iceland Eruption Affects Air Traffic in Norway
- Last Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Lasted Two Years [April 14, 2010]
- Awesome Pictures of Flood in South Iceland
- Iceland’s PM: Important to Remain Calm
- Flood in South Iceland Might Be Subsiding
- Video of New Iceland Eruption and Flood
- Drinking Water Monitored in Iceland’s Westman Islands [April 14, 2010]
- Iceland: New Craters open up. “We saw the Earth open up” [April 3, 2010]
- Icelandic Volcanic Outburst goes 100 Meters into the Air [April 1, 2010]
- Toxic Fumes at Source of Iceland Eruption
- Lava Flow Heads for Idyllic Iceland Valley
- Iceland Lava Flow Changes Channels
Related Sites in Iceland (English)
- Institute of Earth Sciences, Iceland
- Geophysical research at the Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Continuous tremor plots at the Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Earthquake location maps at the Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Eyjafjallajökull eruption melts glacier [April 15]
- Eyjafjöll Eruption Update – April 3
- Eyjafjöll Still Erupting
- Eyjafjöll Eruption – Images of the Day
- Eyjafjöll Eruption – LATEST
- Icelandic Volcano Erupts – UPDATE
- Volcano erupts near Eyjafjallajoekull, Iceland
- Icelandic Volcano Erupts – VIDEO UPDATE
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