Happy Halloween from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland!
This is a radar image of the volcano taken by the Icelandic Coastal Patrol back in April 2010 while Eyjafjallajökull was still erupting constantly and making the news. I had forgotten about it, but it was tweeted by my friend Alex Witze and makes a perfect post for the holiday.
Have fun tonight!
This is very cool: a live camera pointed at the Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajökull. I don’t think it’s embeddable, so just click that link and take a look. To add to the coolness factor, there is also a thermal camera pointed at it with the same field of view and scale, so you can compare what you’re seeing visually with what’s going on in the far infrared.
Here’s a still I grabbed last night; You can clearly see the ash plume through the cloud layers:
They provide a map of the camera location, but there’s no scale. I put it into Google maps, and it appears to be just a few kilometers from the volcano. That matches the rate the plume appears to change, too.
Take a look. It’s mesmerizing. And don’t forget that the NASA Earth Observatory is posting very high-resolution and beautiful images of the volcano quite often as well. Put that in your RSS feed reader! I check it every day; besides the volcano they frequently have incredible imagery of places I’ve never even heard of. It’s a big planet, with lots to see.
Some volcanoes just don’t know when to stop. Like Eyjafjallajökull:
[Click to envulcanate.]
This image is from NASA’s Terra satellite, and was taken on May 6 (yesterday). The border of Iceland is outlined, and you can see the ash plume carries on for hundreds of kilometers. Air travel is being grounded yet again.
Interestingly, according to the NASA site, volcanoes this far north don’t affect global climate much. Air currents rise at low to mid-latitudes, and sink in the high latitudes, so the aerosol particles that can cool the atmosphere (like sulfur dioxide) don’t get spread globally in eruptions like this one. But the ash particles do make it to Europe, causing havoc there.