The big picture on Icelandic eruption

Eyjafjallajökull (how ever you pronounce) is a volcano located in Iceland, covered by a small glacier with the same name. It’s crater has a diameter of about 3-4 kilometers, and it erupted the second time this month, causing a cloud of ash that forced authorities to stop almost all flights above Iceland.

The first fissure that opened on Fimmvörðuháls, as seen from Austurgígar. Photo by David Karnå.

The first fissure that opened on Fimmvörðuháls, as seen from Austurgígar. Photo by David Karnå.

The problem, when you have such a volcano, is that the ice on top of it melts, causing massive floods, as well as the usual shooting of smoke and gases. Thousands of people were forced to give up their homes and take cover in the face of the floods. Here we’ll present some of the most suggestive photos from the area, taken over a time span of approximately a month.

Photo by NASA.

Photo by NASA.


4 thoughts on “The big picture on Icelandic eruption

  1. Elizabeth Bohlen

    Hello Mihai… Thanks for posting the good pictures and interesting links about the current volcanic eruption in Iceland. I work for a free on-line science library. We started as a service for astronomers/planetary scientists/astrophysicists and now serve the physics/geophysics/instrumentation folks too. I thought you might find us useful. The page people usually bookmark is not our fancy front door (, it’s our query form: You will likely want to click “on” the Physics database (under the send button at the top of the form) since you are interested in geophysics. Thanks again… Elizabeth
    P. S. I trust that my e-mail address will not be publicized/misused.

  2. Mihai Andrei Post author

    Dear Elizabeth,
    Thank you for taking the time to write. I took a quick look at the library, and it seems most interesting indeed. Is it possible to take a look at the full article instead of just the abstract? Perhaps we can find a way to collaborate, if you are interested, please let me know. My email is also in the contact page.

  3. Elizabeth Bohlen

    Hello Mihai,

    I googled myself for fun tonight (taking a break) and discovered that you had left me a message. Sorry I didn’t discover it sooner… hence the long delay.

    The answer to your question about the ADS and whether you can read full-text articles is, “Sometimes”. We post everything for which we have permission from publishers or copyright holders. More and more frequently we are permitted to serve full articles (we have scanned and store some, sometimes we link to the owner’s site). We can’t display recent articles — publishers need to sell those. There’s an embargo period (the length varies) during which we link to the publisher’s subscription site. Anyone who has a subscription or who is working from an institution which has a subscription to a journal can see the most recent articles. Sometimes publishers sell articles individually. (It’s obvious when one comes to a source for a page requiring payment.)

    The ADS is 100% free — no salesman will call! We are funded by NASA and the Smithsonian: your tax dollars at work, doing something non-lethal and truly useful.

    The ‘Leave a Reply’ option is very nice… but I almost missed it. Regular e-mail is safer for those of us who are less cyber-savvy.


    P. S. You might be amused to know that we held an international conference during the week in which Eyjafjallajökull erupted. It was also the week of the annual Boston Marathon. Yup. Folks were stuck here who wanted to get there, and folks who wanted to come here to run were stuck where they were. The folks who were stuck here couldn’t get hotel rooms because they were booked by the missing marathon runners. A good time was probably not had by all :)

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