Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption

Aerial photos taken by Marco Fulle during a survey flight in the evening of April 14th, 2010, the first day after the onset of the second eruptive phase at Eyafallajökull. More imagery and explanatory texts are expected to follow.

Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Eyjafjallajokull stratovolcano complex and eruption cloud seen through a gap in the stratocumulus cloud deck.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
The eruption plume from above the stratocumulus cloud deck.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Note white steam clouds, caused by melting and evaporation of glacier ice, behind the ash clouds.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Ash clouds from the eruption site; note ash precipitating from the clouds on to the stratocumulus clouds.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
The eruption plume from up close.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Eruption cloud and outlet glacier of the Eyafallajökull icecap. Note dark flow marks right of centre.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Massive lahars have eroded deep meltwater channels near the terminus of the outlet glacier.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
The glacier tongue and meltwater channels seen from a different angle.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Proglacial lake and Little Ice Age moraine in the foreground; note stranded ice debris along the shore of the strongly modified glacial lake.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Floodplain below the glacier shortly after the maximum meltwater discharge.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Path of the lahar, looking towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Eyjafjallajökull: subglacial volcanic eruption
Interrupted coastal road and lahar flowing.
Photos Marco Fulle, 14 April 2010