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Volcanic Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull

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Volcanic Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull

Watch this audio slideshow of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier, south Iceland, with pictures by Bjarni Brynjólfsson and Páll Stefánsson (taken on April 17) and music by Ásthór Ragnarsson.

On April 14, only two days after the volcanic eruption on the Fimmvörduháls mountain ridge ended, a new eruption began in the volcano underneath Eyjafjallajökull glacier, now in the volcano’s summit crater.

This new eruption was totally different in character from the first one. The Fimmvörduháls eruption happened in an ice-free area between two glaciers, it was accessible to tourists and there wasn’t much ash fall.

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption, on the other hand, produced an extensive amount of ash, which disrupted air travel all around Europe for days and in Iceland as well after the wind direction changed. Farms in the area were covered in ash, jeopardizing livestock.

The eruption also caused massive flooding in the first days as it melted the glacier causing water to burst out from underneath the Gígjökull glacial tongue and into the Markarfljót river. Bridges and roads were damaged and pastures were covered in mud.

However, the situation now is under control. There is no longer a risk of flooding and the ash fall has diminished. The south Iceland farms are being cleaned and the road has been repaired.

According to the latest news, lava has started flowing down the glacier and there is nothing to indicate that the eruption is coming to an end. Perhaps this latest eruption in Eyjafjallajökull will turn into a tourist attraction as well?

Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir – [email protected]

Click here to download the slideshow.

Compare and contrast; below are videos of the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörduháls and of the ash fall in south Iceland as a result of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

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