Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano continues to erupt a thick plume of ash. On May 11, 2010, the ash was streaming almost directly south, visibly extending at least 860 kilometers (530 miles) from Eyjafjallajökull. According to the London Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, the ash reached altitudes of 14,000 to 17,000 feet (4,300 to 5,200 meters). CNN reported that some Spanish and Moroccan airports were closed at the time. On May 10th, the Icelandic Met Office reported continuous ash fall south of the volcano, with as depths reaching 2-3 millimeters (roughly 0.1 inches).

This natural-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA’s Terra satellite at 12:15 p.m. local time.

  1. References

  2. CNN. (2010, May 11). Ash cloud closes Spanish airports. Accessed May 11, 2010.
  3. Icelandic Met Office. (2010, May 10). Update on activity. Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
  4. London Volcanic Ash Advisory Center. (2010, May 11). Volcanic Ash Advisory from London. Accessed May 11, 2010.

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  • Data Date:

    May 11, 2010
  • Visualization Date:

    May 11, 2010
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration