Volcanic Eruption Seen from Iceland’s Capital

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Volcanic Eruption Seen from Iceland’s Capital

The steam cloud from the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier rose to a height of six kilometers yesterday afternoon and the ash cloud extended 4.3 kilometers into the air. The steam cloud from the volcano could be seen all the way from Reykjavík.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Benedikt Jóhannesson.

Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson told Morgunbladid that the force of the eruption keeps decreasing. The height of the steam cloud is attributed to calmer winds and less ash. The steam is created when water flows into the crater.

Gudmundsson said it is interesting that the volcanic activity in Eyjafjallajökull doesn’t seem to be any direct correlation with the volcanic unrest measured at the eruption scene.

When the eruption subsided, the unrest increased, Gudmundsson explained. Some changes have occurred, which scientists will look into in further detail.

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