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Wednesday August 31st 2011

Images of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland

I was on a train to Cork in the south of Ireland this Thursday morning when I heard about canceled flights across the UK and Ireland. I never imagined that the cloud of ash responsible was so large or so significant in size. Reports that flights would reopen by Thursday evening were clearly optimistic. I have looked around and here are some images and reports from the eruption.

Scientists said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than an eruption from the Eyjafjallajokullin Volcano late last month. “This is a very much more violent eruption because it’s interacting with ice and water,” said Andy Russell, an expert in glacial flooding at the University of Newcastle in northern England, in an article on the CBC website.

Photograph credit: Árni Sæberg, Icelandic Coast Guard

Steam explodes from a glacier-topped Iceland volcano in an aerial picture taken April 14, 2010, by the Icelandic Coast Guard.

Dramatic footage has been released of the erupting volcano from ITN.

NASA’s EO-1 Satellite took this image on April 1, 2010. NASA image by Robert Simmon, using ALI data from the EO-1 team

Credit NASA

A man looks at part of Iceland’s main coastal road, which was broken following floods on April 14, 2010.

Photograph by Brynjar Gauti, AP

The MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite captured an Ash plume from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano over the North Atlantic at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) on April 15, 2010. Credit: NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

The MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured an Ash plume from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano over the North Atlantic at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) on April 15, 2010. Credit: NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

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