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A webcam capture of the eruptive plume from Eyjafjallajökull on the morning of May 6, 2010.

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  1. #1 Tony B
    May 6, 2010

    The IR webcam is looking very colourful now that the cloud cover has thinned

  2. #2 Fireman
    May 6, 2010

    (copied from old thread FYI)

    For those watching the thermal cam, a few words of advice. I’ve used thermal imagers extensively, and they have their advantages and limitations. Remember they record the temperatures, usually in the far infrared, of *solid surfaces*. This means they’re fairly good at seeing through smoke, mist, and dust, and they’re totally unaffected by darkness. But this also means, for instance, that they may well not show the plumes. I can be in a burning building, point my thermal imager directly at flames – and the imager will pretty much indicate the temperature of the wall *behind* the flames.

    And of course, as you can see, *heavy* cloud can stop them seeing very far. I’m not sure if we would even see a LARGE heat signature through those clouds, if you take my meaning!!

  3. #3 kaboom
    May 6, 2010

    @Dubliner re:#470 Its funny you should mention the colour changes in the sky over Ireland. I took this picture the other day and i’m just outside of Dublin in Kildare http://img217.imageshack.us/i/img20841024x768.jpg/ i couldn’t believe how yellow the sky was. I had a polarising filter attached to the camera at the time.

  4. #4 Ruby
    May 6, 2010

    @Dubliner Yes I’m up in N.Ireland and right now the clouds have a funny unusual yellow tint to them

  5. #5 Mike
    May 6, 2010

    Hi,

    How thick is the crust in this part of the World? And how does 23km compare to the earthquake patterns found in other Icelandic eruptions?

    Thanks!

  6. #6 Ruby
    May 6, 2010

    Ref:4 sorry it was meant for Dubliner and Kaboom. Although Kaboom that is a beautiful picture and the sky here tonight is not as spectacular as that just a weird hint of yellow

  7. #7 Janet, TX
    May 6, 2010

    @4 Ruby: Since you guys are talking about weather in Ireland and the funny looking clouds I thought I would post this link to a weather webcam in Ireland. As of right now it is focused on the clouds. I do see the yellowish color you are talking about.

    http://meathweathercam.webs.com/livecam.htm

  8. #8 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    Hoo-boy! Ash accumulation on Fimmvörðuháls and Skógaheiði since mid-April is over 10cm (4in). [ruv.is] Very little or no lava flow, and the eruption is in an explosive phase. Lot of tephra expected. [mbl.is] Repairing the road to Þórsmörk (a very popular tourist destination) for four-bys and trucks probably easy. [vegagerdin.is]

  9. #9 cristihan, ROc
    May 6, 2010

    Hi all,
    I too am puzzled by the EQ-silence over the entire Iceland over the last 7 hours or so (here http://hraun.vedur.is/ja/englishweb/eqlist.html and here http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes on the timescale bellow)! It can’t be real, there must be something wrong with the data feed, right?

  10. #10 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #9: It’s odd, sure, but not unique. Not too long ago I spotted a 12-hour period of quiet.

  11. #11 Ruby
    May 6, 2010

    @7 Thanks for that Janet I had a look, but it is even more of a yellow tint with blue skies in between it is really quite beautiful

  12. #12 birdseyeUSA
    May 6, 2010

    re:data feed for EQ’s – resting, just resting…. ; )

  13. #13 Suw
    May 6, 2010

    The photos on Volcano Picture of the Week are just amazing! Some truly awe-inspiring images. I just wish they had an RSS feed… :(

  14. #14 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    Obtw, Janet… In the weeks before and after summer solstice, it’s reading light outside at midnight in Iceland.

  15. #15 birdseyeUSA
    May 6, 2010

    @suw, re: Erik’s Volcano of the Week link – I second that – the pyroclastic flow one has interesting info attached…

  16. #16 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    I am going through ash/steam plume withdrawls once again. The FLIK Infra-red is not quite the same as actually seeing the plume in black/white and gray.

    #14) It must be nice to see 21 hrs of daylight by the way. I just would go mad during the winter months. I am here in Dallas-Ft Worth, TX, where we have 9hrs 50min daylight on 12-21 and about 13hrs 20mins daylight on 6-21.

    Hoping the clouds break, we’re missing one beautiful eruption :o)!!

  17. #17 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #16: If you ever find yourself in N. Alaska (say, Prudhoe Bay) around that time, you can enjoy it yourveryownself.

  18. #18 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    Iceland Met “E” update, hot off the press :o):
    Current events
    Assessment – 06 May 2010 20:15

    Explosive activity has increased and effusive part has decreased for the last two days. This results in a higher eruption column with increased tephra fallout.

    The ash plume, observed from commercial pilots between 0530h and 0800h: 30,000 ft/9km. ICG helicopter flight between 13h and 14h: sometimes under 20,000 ft (where there is a cloud bank) and oscillates up into the cloud bank (over 9 km).

    Considerable ashfall at Þykkvabæjarklaustur in Álftaver (at a distance of 65-70 km), (everything has turned black). It has not been established whether the ash cloud south of Eyjafjallajökull is ashfall or ash that has already fallen and is being blown from the ground.

    Discharge from Gígjökull decreases further and meltwater seems to be running from the eastern side of the glacier. This is different from tuesdays meltwater were water was running from the west side. Lava flow might be changing the direction of meltwater flow. Such changes should be taken seriously with regard to possible outbursts due to accumulation of meltwater.

    Earthquake activity is still being recorded. At least 10 earthquakes have been located since midnight. Most of the earthquakes are sourced beneath or south of the top crater in the eruptive conduit that has formed since 3 May. Most of the earthquakes are less than magnitude 2, the biggest M2.2.

    There are no signs that the eruption is about to end.

    See more in Status Report issued by Icelandic Meteorological Office and Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, at 18:00.

  19. #19 Ruby
    May 6, 2010

    Iceland Met office has updated activity

  20. #20 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    Link below to recent article from “The Guardian” News out of the UK:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/06/airports-reopen-volcanic-ash-cloud

  21. #21 Brian D
    May 6, 2010

    Water being held back to some degree? Not good when it lets loose, if that’s what’s happening. Spectacular show when it let loose, though.

  22. #22 Brian D
    May 6, 2010

    Small steam plume just above the crevace.

  23. #23 parclair NoCal USA
    May 6, 2010

    I wonder if there is a new melt-escape area to the left (on the fimm cams) of the area that we’ve been watching. The new thermal cam shows a fuchsia area to the left of the glacier which appears to be the same color as the melt water on the cam. I can’t see it on the normal light cams, mainly because it’s too hazy.

    What does anyone else think?

  24. #24 Kyle
    May 6, 2010

    Yay another EQ at last

    06.05.2010 20:19:20 63.600 -19.609 28.1 km 1.8 90.03 9.6 km NW of Skógar

  25. #25 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    the flir cam is good at showing the small steam plume just below v shaped notch i think the red glow in the notch is not a false image

  26. #26 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 6, 2010

    Boris Behncke (from the previous thread):

    “All you folks who pass half of their current lives here clinging to the web cams, what are you gonna do when Etna erupts next – there are about 10 web cams looking at that volcano”

    Answer: 3500 comments per thread here at Erik Klemetti’s blog?

    I’m not familiar with the volcano webcam situation in the world. I expect a lot of webcams are pointed towards volcanoes in Europe, N-America and Japan. But what about S-America, Africa, Indonesia etc?

  27. #27 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    “… has added an additional thermal viewer (FLIR), so you can even watch the volcano through the Iceland fog”

    Not with a thermal imager – you can go blind in very humid conditions (which probably doesn’t happen in Iceland), but fog is a definite killjoy. Now if it were a cooled “short wave infrared” camera you would be able to see through fog, although the volcano would go invisible at night except for the nice hot spots. The great thing about the thermal imager is that things look pretty much the same any time of day or night (well, except in fog, mist, rain, and very high water vapor content in the air).

  28. #28 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    @23 vodafone is showing it also when clouds allow

  29. #29 Shelly
    May 6, 2010

    http://www.skimountaineer.com/ROF/VolcanoWebCams.php

    @Anna quite a few volcano cams here.. :)

  30. #30 birdseyeUSA
    May 6, 2010

    To make it more real, @Gislio on Twitter – Eyjafjallajokull – Scientists near the crater describe ash falling on them being like hail falling – #icerupt #ashtag

  31. #31 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #23: As far as I can tell, it is a river already shown on maps. If you have DMA map C761-1812-3 (Eyjafjallajökull), it’s on vertical 69.1, horizontal 60-61. If you don’t have it, I’ll try to dig up the link at lmi.is – I got my copy there.

  32. #32 Janet, TX
    May 6, 2010

    @Reynir: Thanks for the info. I’m learning. I just can’t imagine having that much light at midnight. A weather question…Is this foggy~cloudy the norm for May in Iceland?

  33. #33 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #32: This close to the seaside, I’d have to say yes.

  34. #34 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    @Fireman: Actually, it’s mid-infrared. Far infrared would require somewhat different equipment. You know how you set up a sheet of water to cut out the radiant energy from a fire? Well, the same technique will work for those infrared cameras – they just won’t see through such a thing. Water vapor is something they see pretty well, so you’ll see plumes from the volcano; in fact, against a nice cold (cloudless) sky, the camera will see plumes that are invisible to humans. What you won’t see are, say, a huge plume of hot CO2. You won’t see SO2 either unless it’s very hot and/or very plentiful or you put an appropriate filter in front of the lens. Yeah, in the band this thing operates at, most gases are invisible.

  35. #35 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 6, 2010

    Thanks Shelly (29)!

    A bewildering array of web cams!

  36. #36 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #32, I believe Iceland receives about 30% of total possible sunshine/yr. Normally a very snowy/rainy area, as an area of Low Pressure called the “Iceland Low” is near Iceland most of the year.

  37. #37 parclair NoCal USA
    May 6, 2010

    @31 Thank you, I’ve no maps at that fine of a resolution. Where I’m looking is a triangular area on what I think is the side of the mountain. (the new image is truly foreign to me). Is there a river on the side of the mountain?

  38. #38 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    Regarding the Katla cam, it’s pointed in a direction of close to 330° true.

  39. #39 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    on the flir there is a constant fusha blob to the left of the glacial outlet by carefully matching the size of the flir and vodafone images to get a idea of it’s actual location i am wondering if there is a weak segment of the wall that is allowing some heated water to seep through if so it could be the source of a possibly huge outflow when or if it fails

  40. #40 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #36: Yes, the lines I gave fall almost exactly on a small river shown on the map. They are the best match I can get to a feature.

    The map: http://atlas.lmi.is/kortasafn_kort/2001-540-qv.jpg

  41. #41 Fireman
    May 6, 2010

    @MadScientist 34: Hah. Water curtains. We *used to* set up a sheet of water, many years ago. We don’t do that any more. Fire science has known for years that the water curtain, great idea you would think it is, doesn’t work; radiant heat goes right through it! And sets the house next door on fire if you’re not careful. The only thing that works is cooling the house next door directly, with hose streams.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=i4bmE2TqY6sC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA657#v=onepage&q&f=false – see section on ‘Exposure Protection’

    I would however agree that exactly what we see or don’t see will depend on the precise wavelengths the camera uses. We’ll see when the weather clears a bit!

    Mike

  42. #42 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #41: I get the idea that a water curtain doesn’t work because a practical curtain is too b4y thin. Probably too coarse, too.

  43. #43 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    that is a great map thanks now wait for daylight without clouds ;-)

  44. #44 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    when i was ship board us navy we used a fog nozzle that was very effective at cutting radiant heat from huge fuel fires let us get close enough to apply foam directly to the fire and god save you if the foam cover was broken the fuel would re flash and eat you right up

  45. #45 parclair, NoCal
    May 6, 2010

    #40 Thank you for the terrific map link:-)

    I’m still studying the situation– the map is in oppositional direction, and it’s been a few years since I read a topo map. I think I agree with you; I’m having a problem visualizing why the top would be wider than the bottom (it looks from the map that the valley widens, rather than narrows, but I’m still trying to read the surrounding cliffs.

    I’d like to end this with the icon for “my mind is thoroughly twisted and confused, but totally happy with the problem” but I don’t know what that might be;-D

  46. #46 Brian D
    May 6, 2010

    Opening on the glacier is rather big.

  47. #47 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    Mind you, folk… this is not home territory to me, so I may very well be wrong and that the actual vertical of the fuchsia spot on the DMA map is 68.7 rather than 69.1.

  48. #48 La Kat
    May 6, 2010

    There will now be a brief interlude.

    Whilst we wait:

    http://www.ovsicori.una.ac.cr/sismologia/sismogramas_linea.htm

    Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica(continuously erupting over many years)steps up her tremors today, and Turrialba has quietened right down this week but don’t trust Turri – she could now be ready, after all those drumbeats refer March 3rd.

  49. #49 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #45: I’d guess said icon to be an eye-smiley with a typhoon over the head.

  50. #50 Scott, sg
    May 6, 2010

    Just the humble physicist coming out in me…but to explain the IR cam – the ocean is blue for a reason… So if you ever go diving on say a reef, a red fish looks green.

    Figure that out, and you have figured out the IR cam and it’s limitations.

    In addition to the usual thanks to Erik, Boris and the other star players. The folks at Mila really deserve a big word of thanks for going out of their way with the cams on this one and making much of this debate possible.

    Oh, and good morning from Singapore!

  51. #51 parclair, NoCal
    May 6, 2010

    Another interlude:

    I recently discovered that not only could I not identify most of the new countries in Europe and Asia, I was a dismal failure at identifying places in Africa. http://www.geosense.net/ 8-(

    So, I decided to combine my education about volcanos with my education about Africa. I’ve discovered that there is very little information about the volcanos there. ;-( I think they’re too poor? to have monitoring of any sort. I’ve recently started my search in French in hopes of finding data. This seems promising. But there’s not even a category in USGS for Africa. Hmmmm

    Back to the topo

  52. #52 pyrotech
    May 6, 2010

    Regarding the fire curtain.

    it still has its place, last year i was sent to plymouth on a ship firefighting course as our brigade has many ports in its area. Going down into a room fully engulfed in fire ( gas powered for safety) through a hatch and with a vertical fixed ladder. A hose was held with a wide spray under arm as we went down with another coned over me by firefighters above. Its was very effective and no other way would you be able to enter that room.
    So although not used in property fires this demonstrated that a water curtain is pretty damn effective in protecting from heat and flame.

  53. #53 Renate
    May 6, 2010

    @#40 thank you for the map!!
    And its wonderful informative glossary!!!

  54. #54 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #53: One can say a lot about the military, but they do take their maps seriously. In fact, I tend to look at this map before the Icelandic maps. Furrfu.

    Anyway, I had a look at FLIR’s website. My first guess would be that the new cam is a longwave (ten-micron) security camera.

  55. #55 Gordys, MN USA
    May 6, 2010

    If this is the ash plume, as I suspect it is, heading SSE then WSW, Europe is fortunate the winds are as they are. I wonder how much is ash and how much is water vapor that is making the plume visible in this satellite image?

    http://www.sat24.com/Eyjafjallajokull-volcano.aspx

  56. #56 Peter Cobbold
    May 6, 2010

    @La Kat previous#300. I dont know if Eyjaf’s EQ swarm consisted of Chouet’s long or conventional period EQs. The spikes in EQ rate ( up to 70 per hour) finished about ten days before eruption started. For those ten days the EQ rate was only about 1 to 5per hour. The only obvious change in those ten days was a trend from 8km to about 4km mean EQ depth, and a rise in tremor. So EQs per se would be bad predictor of Eyjaf eruption. Redoubt muts be different.

    @Henrik previous#250 We need more spikes. If Eyjaf does not come up with more there’s always Katla… BTW we are no longer alone in our quest for understanding, real heavy weight expertise is rising to the challenge. Hope it does not turn out ot be damp squib!!

  57. #57 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    aliens on flir

  58. #58 Gordon
    May 6, 2010

    Can I add my thanks for the map, it adds another dimension to what we are looking at, and again shows the scale of what we are looking at. The webcams make the landscape look smaller than it is without any human reference points.

    Going back to yesterday (I think) the link to the paper regarding Iceland’s tectonic origins was fascinating. Like most people I’ve always assumed Iceland to be on a hotspot, but the (now) obvious observation that there is no evidence of previous seamounts along the line of plate drift
    does suggest another cause of volcanicity is required.

    Only problem with all this info being hurled at us is the feeling that sometime soon Eric is going to give us a due date for essay or exam!

    Finally, Ive been dipping in and out all day and everytime I look, that notch at the top of the ice wall is bigger. It’s going to go sometime soon…

  59. #59 pyrotech
    May 6, 2010

    So as the new camera is thermal image type it will not see heat through water curtain I.e. thick cloud or fog with cold water droplets. Heat will show up as white or light areas. It will contrast thou so more heat and colder stuff will go darker. Ie heat will show relative to surroundings. Ground may look light as warmer than the air, but get lava in picture and the lava will glow white and ground will darken as of the relevant difference in temperature. I hope this helps a little.

  60. #60 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    humans show as bright yellow to white on the flir cam if that holds for the valley floor that dirt is HOT

  61. #61 Leifur
    May 6, 2010

    @53 I think you can thank the Defense Mapping Agency for the glossary. I particularly like the “red-light readable” and “Destroy when no longer needed” legends.

    I suspect DMA (now NGA) are also responsible for Google’s Icelandic place names – check out http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/namefiles.htm for a pretty comprehensive database.

  62. #62 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #60: All I’m willing to say is that the ground is the hottest part of the image. It may be that the cam scales the image for max. contrast.

  63. #63 Gina Ct
    May 6, 2010

    Reynir you may be right
    the last time i had anything to do with IR cameras the colors were locked to a fixed temperature scale

  64. #64 Holger, N California
    May 6, 2010

    @Reynir #62

    You are right, the camera scales the image according to the highest and lowest temperatures in the image. Earlier, when the backpackers walked through the image, the whole color scale shifted and the ground got darker relative to the people. Therefore, the valley floor is not that hot, it’s just the warmest place visible right now.

  65. #65 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    As the friendly “E” volcano is shrouded in fog and low clouds today, those of us, including myself, who were lucky enough to see her massive ash plume earlier can appreciate this MSNBC.COM article link below, “Massive ash cloud closing some Irish airports”. The ash cloud is 1,000 miles WIDE:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36985416/ns/travel-news/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  66. #66 Gordys, MN USA
    May 6, 2010

    This a link that Gandalff posted on the previous thread that shows the ash plume very well. As Gandalff noted, play for the last 24 hours. This is a URL that is worth bookmarking.

    http://oiswww.eumetsat.org/IPPS/html/MSG/RGB/ASH/ICELAND/index.htm

  67. #67 Lurking
    May 6, 2010

    @Robert Bordonaro [37]

    The only problem is that the Icelandic Low (as well as the Bermuda/Azores High) has been pretty much AWOL for most of the year. For a while, it was parked over the UK, and it also spent some time over Nova Scotia. Right now, it’s parked just East of Newfoundland.

  68. #68 pyrotech
    May 6, 2010

    Gina CT ; its thermal image not infrared.
    Thermal image picks up contrasting heat and infrared gives visability in darkness.
    Please see my post above for discription.

    Holgar: That is what i would expect, visible warm body parts will shine as light and cooler objects will then darken due to temperature difference.
    I took the time to explain this but seems no one read my post No 59
    What you saw is typical of a thermal image cam and thick water droplets will hinder any view of heat coming from the volcano.

  69. #69 Gordon
    May 6, 2010

    @45 The narrowing of the valley could be related to the hardness of the rock. with ice and water flow cutting througth softer area at the top then being squeezed between harder rock/lava deposits right to the valley floor. It may also be related to the change of slope, with ice flow accelerating at the break of slope, becoming more erosive, and therefore cutting down rather than spreading out

  70. #70 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #67, I blog quite a bit in Weather Underground, http://www.wunderground.com. We all marveled at the fact of the negative North Atlantic Oscillation, and the position of the A/B High and the Icelandic Low. We truly appreciated the cold and snow, 14″ of snow fell in Arlington, TX in 2/10. At least the great folks in Iceland are getting a break from all the miserable weather!

  71. #71 Lurking
    May 6, 2010

    @Robert Bordonaro [70]

    It’s going to make for an interesting season come June. The path of the ITCZ waves is pretty much determined by the B/A High. If they are in as much flux then as they are now, good luck calling a path.

  72. #72 Holger, N California
    May 6, 2010

    @pyrotech #69

    Sorry, I didn’t want to duplicate your explanation. The example of the backpackers walking through the image was just too good to pass up as an explanation for the camera behavior.

  73. #73 Gordys, MN USA
    May 6, 2010

    @pyrotech: I read your post 59 and thank you for the post.

  74. #74 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #71) All the folks at Weather Underground are expecting a very, very busy Hurricane season in the Atlantic/Caribbean Basin.

    All the major forecasting agencies are calling for an above normal season, I have this gut feeling that this year will be a BIG mess!!We may have a slow start, but come August/September things are going to be WILD!

  75. #75 Fireman
    May 6, 2010

    Pyro, Gina:

    We’re not talking about the same kind of water curtains. You’re talking fog nozzles; they are of use in the kind of situation you describe, to protect an individual firefighter. Hell, here’s a video of me practicing exactly that kind of technique:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ehR7yJdnZ4

    This is what we mean by an actual water curtain device, a device you place on the ground to spray a thin sheet of water into the air:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqokc6_lsaE

    That’s about all it’s good for! They *did* work in firefighting occasionally, but that was more by luck than judgment: when they did work, it’s because they were wetting down and cooling the structure they were hoping to protect, NOT because they were preventing the radiant heat impinging on the structure – which is what the theory was.

    Which end of CT are you at, Gina? I’m only about 4 miles from the CT line…

  76. #76 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    #68: Yep, we noticed that effect earlier as the clouds lifted off Þórólfsfell.

  77. #77 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 6, 2010

    @Fireman: Maybe you’ll enjoy this as well: Firehose footy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ4KyyWCAnY

    This is a yearly event here during the town fest Neistaflug (Flying Sparks).

  78. #78 Jón Frímann
    May 6, 2010

    The latest earthquake has unusual depth of 28 km. I did record it, it was quite “clean” earthquake and had a sharp signal.

  79. #79 birdseyeUSA
    May 6, 2010

    @pyrotech 59 Did too..was part of a (very) small-town mutual aid FD for a while long ago.

  80. #80 Fireman
    May 6, 2010

    Reynir 77, thanks for that! We play a similar game, but the ball is suspended from a wire, and the game is to push the ball to the other end of the wire. One good way to do it is to use the hose stream to ‘take out’ the other team, *then* play the ball… ;-)

  81. #81 Jón Frímann
    May 6, 2010

    There is something interesting happening on Þórólfsfelli web camera.

  82. #82 Ragutis
    May 6, 2010

    Anyone else see that speck of light on Þóró?

  83. #83 mike
    May 6, 2010

    La Kat, I saw Turrialba today, it had a big gas plume and still closed to public. Poas also degassing strongly but no eruption. Heading to Arenal manana.

  84. #84 Mattias Larsson
    May 6, 2010

    I have been away for some time so I decided to check on Eyja again. I see that she still is going strong. Interesting to hear about the larger plumes today and the increased SO2 amounts. Those deep earthquakes are also interesting, something might be moving down there.
    I wonder about the latest GPS measurement from the SOHO station, the vertical drop seems strange. But meiby it is a incorrect measurement that they will correct tomorrow http://hraun.vedur.is/ja/gps/predorb/sohopred.html

  85. #85 beedragon Canada
    May 6, 2010

    Yesterday, there was someone on the opposite side of the gully taking a night-time video. Perhaps that was happening tonight as well (I saw the light too).

    Looking at the FLIR, I can just see the lava flow. It doesn’t appear to have advanced very much over the last few days.

  86. #86 Jón Frímann
    May 6, 2010

    Now they want new satellites to monitor for volcano ash.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8663884.stm

  87. #87 Kathryn, Australia
    May 6, 2010

    I’m seeing a ‘hot spot’ below the ‘V notch’- between it and the split rock – could it have broken through there?

  88. #88 beedragon Canada
    May 6, 2010

    Looks like something may be happening inside the meltwater tunnel. The FLIR is showing a temperature change – a little line of colour is starting to flow from the bottom of the lava flow/steam plume heading towards the top of the meltwater tunnel.

  89. #89 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #88) It appears some magma has mad it to the surface in the FLIR pic. It would be awesome to have at least one clear day over the summit of “E” to watch this awesome eruption!

  90. #90 Lurking
    May 6, 2010

    @ [86]

    Of course, always have to have a new project to spend non-existent money on. Just look at some of the less than optimally financed countries.

    While remote sensing has it’s place, terrestrial research is always in need of financing.

    But… if you have well financed cattle hauling operations like Delta, Pan-Am, Spirit, Southwest, etc. throwing money at the politicritters, well, they tend to do what the master beckons them to do.

  91. #91 Kathryn, Australia
    May 6, 2010

    It seems to have been the spot that was intermittently puffing the wisp of steam yesterday. There was a fair steam plume showing for a while showing distinctly on the new camera….but of course, it’s now stopped.

  92. #93 Dasnowskier
    May 6, 2010

    Wow, I have come back after a 2 day business trip to FLIR.
    GREAT. We are so lucky to have this technology.
    I however, do not see any break through.

  93. #94 birdseyeUSA
    May 6, 2010

    two new photos from the met office of today’s plume http://www.earthice.hi.is/Apps/WebObjects/HI.woa/wa/dp?pictureID=1016395&id=1027696

  94. #95 Corporal_E
    May 6, 2010

    I’m watching a decent show on this eruption on Discovery Channel right now. 9-10 EST

  95. #97 Brian D
    May 6, 2010

    USA today article has the plume at 421,000ft high. LOL! Ice age is coming! LOL!

  96. #98 Lurking
    May 6, 2010

    That’s about 79 miles… almost at Low Earth Orbit. A bit higher and they might hit the ISS.

  97. #99 Erik Klemetti
    May 6, 2010

    Yeah, I noticed that height for the plume … nice typo, eh?

  98. #100 motsfo
    May 6, 2010

    Noticed another light over Katla Cam.
    Could be aurora.
    Here’s a good link for possible aurora sightings
    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/gif/pmapN.gif

    Best!motsfo

  99. #101 Lurking
    May 6, 2010

    Discovery Channel is doing a thing on Eyjafjallajökull and Icelands more nefarious eruptions. They mentioned the Laki eruption of 1783. The show narrator stated that it put out about 120 million tons of SO2, and that it erupted for 8 months.

    That works out to about 500,000 tons of SO2 per day. In “Friday Flotsam” of 30 Apr 2010 (here) it was noted that Kilauea sulfur dioxide emissions have dropped to about 520 metric tons/day versus the 2,600 metric tons/day it was putting out in 2008.

    According to Wiki, Pinatubo did 20 million tons of SO2 during it’s 1991 event. It’s been widely reported that this resulted in 0.5ºC drop in global temps.

    Is there a site or reference that gives an estimate of global volcanic SO2 output, and/or takes a stab at the relationship of SO2 an cooling?

    I’m aware that there is quite a bit to it… atmospheric circulation, latitude etc. But is there a generic rule of thumb that anyone has come up with?

  100. #102 Brian D
    May 6, 2010

    Discovery program pretty good until the global warming thing came up. Iceland volcanoes have been going off despite how much ice is over the volcanoes. Even the ice sheets of Antarctica don’t stop the eruptions that happen under them. Nor does the deep ocean stop underwater volcanoes. Give me a break!

  101. #103 Jón Frímann
    May 6, 2010

    Daylight is coming to Iceland now. It should be bright around 03:30 or something like that. Daybreak has already started.

  102. #104 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #101) A “Pinatubo” or larger eruption is needed to inject SO2 into the stratosphere.

    SO2 is an aerosol and it reduces the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface. The cooling can be 0.5C for smaller eruptions and more pronounced cooling in the order of 2+C in larger eruptions, like the 1783 Laki eruption. The effects last from 1-3 yrs, depending on the amount of SO2 released.

    Thankfully, those eruptions are the exception rather than the rule. The Jet Stream helps to carry the SO2 around the globe. There is the Polar Jet and the Sub-Tropical Jet in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. The SO2 injected into the stratosphere slowly dissipates over a 1-3 yr time period in larger eruptions and climate returns to normal.

  103. #105 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #103 :o), The top of the ash plume is barely visible in the upper portion of the Hvo web cam!!

  104. #106 renee
    May 6, 2010

    On the Hvol cam you can just start to see the top of a plume

  105. #107 birdseyeUSA
    May 6, 2010

    ‘night all – wake me up if something happens…

  106. #108 parclair, NoCal
    May 6, 2010

    Re comparative SO2 amounts. Earlier today Hasis posted

    http://www.cntv.at/EGU2010/?modid=18&a=show&pid=88

    It’s a press conference at the European Geologist’s Union about a theory of mass extinctions and flood basalt volcanos (think Deccan Traps). The whole thing is worth watching, but in the initial 5-10 minutes there is a discussion and slide showing the relationship of SO2 between famous eruptions.

  107. #109 Holger, N California
    May 6, 2010

    @Erik #96

    Well, if nobody else takes a stab at it, how about this:

    If the volcano starts to bulge out again, supposedly towards the south-east, and shows renewed seismic activity, we may be heading for another rift opening up. Perhaps on the flank of the mountain with less / no ice covering the eruptive edifice. Could be quite a show, if it were to happen that way.

    Of course, the people that live around that side of Eyjafjallajökull would suffer badly from such a thing. Therefore, let’s hope this is just idle fantasy….

  108. #110 Jón Frímann
    May 6, 2010

    The top of the plume looks quite nasty at the moment. It is a little bit smaller at the moment then the plume yesterday.

  109. #111 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    @Fireman: I meant the drop in radiant energy you notice if you’re, say, holding a 60psi hose (or even a garden hose for that matter) and approaching a bonfire. It’s pretty easy to block all the thermal infrared for such a small target as a human; when dealing with something like a house, forget it – you have to pump water way too quickly and you’re better off wetting the house; you’ll achieve the same effect with orders of magnitude less water. If you have a fire cam handy you can try the garden hose trick in the back yard to see how easy it is to blind the camera.

    @Scott: The ocean looks blue because it is reflecting the blue light scattered in the atmosphere. Try going out to sea at night and shining the brightest lights you can find – the ocean is nice and black. I can’t remember if blue is transmitted better than other colors in water, in which case if you go deep enough everything will have a bluish tint when lit by the sun.

  110. #112 Robert Bordonaro
    May 6, 2010

    #110) Jon, considering the plume height is about 20,000 ft, yes, the plume is a little smaller than yesterday. The “E” volcano is not finished by any means, she is taking a “break”. Yesterday, “E” shot ash up over 42,000 ft. We have the “bulge” being picked up by the GPS sensors and the 10-20 earthquakes tell us “E” will continue to put on quite a show!

  111. #113 M. Randolph Kruger
    May 6, 2010

    For those of you who have been looking at the FLIR camera its a neat addition and under certain circumstances, it will work in some fog conditions. But someone was saying that it will look through fog. Actually not, in fact its worse if there is a humidity level of more than 55% and /or smoke. The fog conducts the heat and makes it pin point invisible mostly. You would though see a bright flash if it goes. Lightning might put it into reset mode too because of its heat and a small aperture.

    The Iraqi’s figured it out and would set large oil fires during Desert Storm and create clouds of smoke that would blot out the IR signatures of the targets for the GBU’s. Thats when we turned to mostly laser guided sight bombs. After a while they ran out of this and that and we got them one by one. But, if the volcano goes on a foggy night the ash, smoke and very likely the very humid conditions could produce a blank screen. Its appreciated that they are trying but it rarely goes the way you want.

  112. #114 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    Oops … I missed Gina’s post on the fog nozzle – a great practical example of how water does block that radiant energy.

    I wish the colors were set up differently on the IR camera though – and that we had a scale for the apparent temperature. It’s still pretty neat to be able to watch it almost any time of the day and night.

  113. #115 Chopin
    May 6, 2010

    Ok am I the only one who’s not getting any value from this new thermal cam? If it’s foggy/cloudy/etc. all I “see” are the usual landmarks. If it’s not, then I can see what I need to see on the regular cam anyway. Am I alone here, or should I be more excited about this new gizmo? :)

  114. #116 Raving
    May 6, 2010

    Water Latent Heat Vaporization = 2260 kJ/kg

  115. #117 PeakVT
    May 6, 2010

    I was going to say that earthquake activity continues to look suspiciously low on the IMO site, but just a few minutes ago there were two under Eyjafjöll.

  116. #118 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    @Pyrotech #68: There’s infrared and infrared and infrared and infrared. Some cameras sold as “infrared” are near-infrared and the scene can be lit with something like an LED which produces no visible light. Then there are the “SWIR” cameras (short wave infrared) which are in the “mid-infrared” region; the scene for those cameras can be lit up with a nice hot lamp with a germanium filter in front (so no visible light is transmitted). Then there’s the “LWIR” (long-wave infrared) which is somewhat misleading because it’s also mid-infrared, but those cameras are also known as “thermal infrared”. Although you can light the scene as with the SWIR, you don’t need to unless your scene is at a uniform temperature – otherwise you see objects via the energy they emit at whatever their temperature is. And then there’s the “far infrared”, but I don’t even know if there are imagers for that region; I never had a need to do imaging in the far IR.

  117. #119 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    @beedragon: Generally lava doesn’t advance quickly – you can outwalk it. Personally I’ve only seen very fast moving lava in movies (or right where it’s coming out where it’s still incredibly hot – it flows much easier then). When Etna was gurgling lava a few years ago people were having parties and watching the wall of lava creep on (unless they were in the path in which case they packed what they could and left). There’s also that guy in Hawaii who’s right in the middle of a region of flow but he refuses to leave while his house is still standing.

  118. #120 Randall Nix
    May 6, 2010

    MadScientist Mount Nyiragongo lava has been clocked at 60 miles per hours that is just a little faster than walking pace;)

  119. #121 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    @Jon #86: well, what Dr. Prata says is true (after all, he’s the one who worked out that volcanic ash can be detected using some satellite instruments). One of the older meteorological satellites happened to have channels that allowed the detection of volcanic ash, but the currently flying replacement can’t do it – I think the next bird to fly in 2011 or 2012 will be able to again – I’m not sure though, that might just be wishful thinking. The satellite images can give you the lateral extent of the ash which is above about 4km altitude, but you can’t locate the height of the plume with any accuracy. That’s improved a bit since Calipso was launched, but Calipso can’t provide enough timely data for the entire plume, just a little strip here and there. Whether it’s worthwhile or not to build such satellites is another issue.

  120. #122 Chopin
    May 6, 2010

    Randall Nix: not if the person has stolen Katla’s “walking pants” ;)

  121. #123 JB US
    May 6, 2010

    #109 reference to Erik article posting
    “If the volcano starts to bulge out again, supposedly towards the south-east”

    http://www2.norvol.hi.is/page/ies_Eyjafjallajokull_eruption
    “Meltwater:
    Discharge from Gígjökull decreases further and meltwater seems to be running from the eastern side of the glacier. This is different from tuesdays meltwater were water was running from the west side. Lava flow might be changing the direction of meltwater flow… ”

    Today’s update also stated there was a change of meltwater toward the eastern side.

    On the FLIR view – I do not have the directions orientation on this view so can we see the eastern side in this Poro cam??

  122. #124 MadScientist
    May 6, 2010

    @Randall #120: I won’t go to that volcano then! I’ll stick to Hawaii or Sicily or any number of other places where the lava takes its time …

  123. #125 Chopin
    May 6, 2010

    JS US: yes, if you’re looking at the thermal cam, it’s the leftmost pinkish-purple vertical (i.e. go left of the black stuff ;)

  124. #126 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    MadScientist guess I could walk pretty fast knowing Mount Nyiragongo lava was following me.

  125. #127 MadScientist
    May 7, 2010

    @Randall #120: where did you get the figures for Nyiragongo? (I don’t even know what type lava it puts out.) Looking at other sources, they agree with my own (very limited) experience:

    www geo mtu edu/volcanoes/hazards/primer/lava.html

    hvo wr usgs gov/volcanowatch/2002/02_02_28.html

  126. #128 Chopin
    May 7, 2010

    “The lava emitted in eruptions at Nyiragongo is often unusually fluid. Nyiragongo’s lavas are made of melilite nephelinite, an alkali-rich type of volcanic rock whose unusual chemical composition may be a factor in the unusual fluidity of the lavas there. Whereas most lava flows move rather slowly and rarely pose a danger to human life, Nyiragongo’s lava flows may race downhill at up to 60 miles per hour (up to 100 km/h).”

    Wikipedia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nyiragongo

  127. #129 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    MadScientist here is one source:
    Because of the extremely high speeds of the 1977 lava flows, estimated by some observers to peak at 100 km/hr (62 mph) on Nyiragongo’s steep upper slopes, the death toll from the 1977 eruption was staggering. Some reports put the number killed in the thousands. Exact numbers will never be known. The fast-moving flows swept through rural villages in the middle of the night, catching the villagers unaware and, in most cases, asleep.
    hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/2002/02_01_31.html

    I can find you more but it will be after the EJ volcano show on Discovery is off.

  128. #130 Guillermo
    May 7, 2010

    The lights at Villarrica summit is because the lava lake has rised almost to the surface, so the explosions (they are usual) are more visible, but the cameras show it spectacularly. It looks like (according to the POVI) that is a normal cycle, because 5 years ago happened the same.

  129. #131 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    MadScientist here is something from John Search’s site:

    According to eye-witnesses, lava flows reached the outskirts of Goma in 20 minutes, at a speed of 30 km/hr. Further uphill lava flowed at 60 km/hr, reaching 100 km/hr at the fracture point. Fast lava flows generated strong winds which unrooted eucalyptus trees and destroyed banana plantations.
    nyiragongo.com/1977.html

  130. #132 parclair, NoCal
    May 7, 2010

    Here’a the wiki link for Nyiragongo

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nyiragongo

    I’m still trying to translat ethe French site.

  131. #133 MadScientist
    May 7, 2010

    @Randall and parclair: Thanks. What a curious volcano. I’ll stick with the more usual types.

  132. #134 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    I am wondering why there is such a huge drop in melt water coming from the glacier. Anyone have a good idea that could explain this ??

  133. #135 Fireman
    May 7, 2010

    1. There’s still a bloody good plume occasionally visible on the Hvolsvelli cam.

    2. The thermal imager is doing a pretty good job of picking up the incandescent (in the IR at least) material hidden behind the steam on the glacier.

    3. Where is all the meltwater going? I worry.

  134. #136 renee
    May 7, 2010

    By the looks of the tremor plots etc it sure looks like she’s holding her breath!

  135. #137 renee
    May 7, 2010

    Nice white bright spot on the flir cam

  136. #138 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    Fireman, I am with you being concerned about the lack of meltwater flowing from the glacier. Where is it going? If it is just dammed some how there could be a huge out burst when it is finally released..

  137. #139 Tommy
    May 7, 2010

    Its seems to be new (for me) steamvent on left side of vodacams “big picture”. Just below clouds you can easy spot it righ now. Its near at left blank of the picture. Meltwater is maybe going over there??

  138. #140 JB US
    May 7, 2010

    http://eldgos.mila.is/eyjafjallajokull-fra-thorolfsfelli/

    Clouds trying to clear – you see the top of plume

  139. #141 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    It’s a huge plume hitting above the clouds. And wide.
    Frá Hólosvélli

  140. #142 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Peter! (#56) The phenomenon is real. We have just observed one such ~48 hour long oscillation on an Icelandic scale end 18 hours ago. Over the past 3+ months we have seen too many of them for it to turn out to be circumstantial. Even if it does turn out to be a squid (an unusually large squid I am confident), I am convinced it will not turn out to be a damp one. As you were the one person who recognised what we were seeing, I do hope that you get some sort of recognition for it!

  141. #143 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    I love when bird flocks fly in front of the plume totally unaware of the danger. It’s a squabby cloud!

  142. #144 Evelyn, Sweden
    May 7, 2010

    Ash cloud is coming visible on the Hvolsvell camera.
    http://eldgos.mila.is/eyjafjallajokull-fra-thorolfsfelli/

  143. #145 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    You can see the plume clearly on Vodaphone. From Thórosfélli you can only see its contour on the thermo. Why so?

  144. #146 Jen
    May 7, 2010

    Oh, plume becoming visible now on the infrared cam, too.

  145. #147 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    Hey guys: don’t miss the wonderful view of the plume on Vodacam!

  146. #148 Birgit
    May 7, 2010

    Why did the IR image go so very very very bright during the last mins? ( Obvious answer it is hotter) but whats the reason for this?

  147. #149 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    It’s heading southeast. Beware Europe!

  148. #150 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    @Renato #147

    Thanks for the tip! That’s a stunning view, finally.

    I guess the Mila Thórosfélli view field doesn’t reach high enough, therefore it’s missing the plume above.

  149. #151 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    #150 After so many hours avidly peeping through clouds it is really rewarding! We deserve it, Holger!

  150. #152 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    @Renato #151

    The Vodafone cam has so much better resolution. It’s a truly stunning view.

    Let’s keep it a secret, so that the server doesn’t get too busy again ;-) (like that is going to happen….)

  151. #153 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    It’s interesting how steam plume from the lava flow is not as bright as the eruption from the vent seen from the IR cam.

  152. #154 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    ;)

  153. #155 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    @Renato #153

    The eruption plume could easily contain hot particles that radiate brightly in IR, particularly when seen in front of the cold / dark background of the more or less cloudless sky.

    Looks like not many other people still up tonight / not up yet in Europre.

  154. #156 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    This ash cloud is quite big, and appears to be getting bigger at this moment. It seems like that the size is variable over time, but that might be normal.

  155. #157 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    Did you just see the guy taking pictures? And I was already thinking my screenshots would be worth some euros!LOL!

  156. #158 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    @Renato #157

    Yup, the early bird gets the great picture!

    Jon Friman, glad to see we aren’t the only ones here today.

  157. #159 Monika
    May 7, 2010

    Some guy is taking photoes of Eyjafjöll:
    lh3.ggpht.com/_-BJWzKwFjeg/S-OviMKjTcI/AAAAAAAAVF4/uNWtsApYy3M/ey0507reg2.jpg
    lh6.ggpht.com/_-BJWzKwFjeg/S-OviXGBV2I/AAAAAAAAVF8/XH-S25OHv0Y/ey0507reg3.jpg
    lh6.ggpht.com/_-BJWzKwFjeg/S-OviXGBV2I/AAAAAAAAVF8/XH-S25OHv0Y/ey0507reg3.jpg

    I hope he would show us his pics here :-)

    Our favourite Icelandic lady don’t seem to be tired at all.

  158. #160 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    #156 It’s my great honor to witness this wonder with you, Jón. You’re the man! Wish I were in California now, Holger, so I could get some more hours of sleep. But the view is breathtaking – it’s going to be another of those volcano “hang overs”!

  159. #161 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    If we get lucky we might get another stunning time lapse movie of todays action from Phillip if and when he gets hold of Vodafone’s image dump on Picasa.

  160. #162 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    I’ll post screenshots tomorrow. Lots of people will envy us! They came out beautifully!

  161. #163 Birgit
    May 7, 2010

    The guy taking pics was visible on the IR cam too.

  162. #164 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    New flight restrictions in place over Ireland from today.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8666185.stm

  163. #165 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    I don’t think that Mila’s decision to put the FLIR picture on the same page is a good one – the refreshing rates are appalling, probably because of the need of bandwidth at either sending and/or receiving end. The visible light picture sort of toggles between focused/unfocused – loss of pixels, I suspect.

  164. #166 tommy
    May 7, 2010

    There seems to be few minutes difference between IR-cam and normal view @ mila. This guy with camera was visible in heat picture before real ligh cam.

  165. #167 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    You fore casted the rise of the eruption Jón. Congratulations!

  166. #168 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    @Birgit #163

    There was an interesting time delay between the Vodafone cam and the Mila IR picture. It took about a minute or two longer on the IR picture for the guy to show up.

    Renato, even with the Pacific Daylight time zone I’ll have to turn in soon. I have a big presentation to give tomorrow. Gotta be fresh and sharp…

  167. #169 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    #168 You need some rest, pal. I think we’ve seen the best of it. Soon I’m hitting the road too! Good luck everyone! Save the nice pics to me!

  168. #170 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    Here’s the composition of the lava we’re all waiting for….

    (Nordvulk)

    http://www2.norvol.hi.is/page/IES-EY-CEMCOM

    No wonder it’s explosive… 61,5%SiO2… That would qualify as dacitic…

  169. #171 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    # 170 @Volcanophile Does it mean we will have to upgrade eruption status to plinian?

  170. #172 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    It appears there is very little or no new lava flowing in – they did point to this in yesterday’s statement – and whatever is there, is rapidly cooling: the steam plume is considerably smaller than in the previous days.

  171. #173 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    Alright, last post for tonight:

    Actually, the FLIR image is quite fascinating. It shows the radiant heat of the rising plume well. No wonder the plume is so vigorous and strong. Over the last half hour or so the plume has begun to out-shine the steam emissions of the lava flow.

  172. #174 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    #172 Is it because it turned more viscous from the concentrations of silica?

  173. #175 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Peter, Bruce & other oscillationists! I’ve been thinking about why we see EQ almost exclusively in the rift zones and how that would affect the bolus theory. Why only there and not uniformly over the bolus impact area, which might be most of Iceland?

    Are you familiar with the principle of Chobham armour? Basically, Chobham armour is multi-layered armour where each successive layer is of a different material which gives it a different RI (refractive index) visavi the plasma jet of a HEAT warhead. The effect is to scatter and break up the jet, thereby greatly reducing its penetrative potential.

    Could it be something similar with the observation that earthquakes almost exclusively occur in the rift zones? Peter, earlier you postulated that magma accreted in certain locations just below the crust. If this is so, there is a theoretical possibility that the magma could fractionate and/or have a different temperature. If we assume that different magmas at different temperatures have different permeability/RI to the bolus propagating energy form, this could explain why EQs occur almost exclusively within the rift zones. Yes, EQs are due to rocks breaking, but which phenomenon causes the rocks to break?

  174. #176 Jon
    May 7, 2010

    It’s 4:20am here in Newfoundland … can’t sleep so I might as well watch the show :)

  175. #177 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    Yeah like I said yesterday in the other thread we have entered a new nasty phase….I got a real bad feeling about this.

  176. #178 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    #176 3:55 in Rio de Janeiro. I’ll have only three hours of sleep, but she’s addictive!

  177. #179 Jon
    May 7, 2010

    @178 … very much so … it looks very active today! The eastern sky is just starting to wake up this morning … looks like it will be a nice day for a change!

  178. #180 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    But I think new clouds are coming to say good night! :(

  179. #181 Jon
    May 7, 2010

    Yes … too bad … they are moving in fast.

  180. #182 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Dacitic? After three weeks of continous basaltic to basaltic – andesitic eruptions? With a fresh influx of lava from the depths forecast from the recent EQ activity, ie more primitive = basaltic magma? Isn’t this eruption, very peculiarly, working in reverse? What a reprobate our Lady Eyja turns out to be!

  181. #183 PeakVT
    May 7, 2010

    Does the image from the new visible spectrum camera at Þórólfsfell seem to be stretched vertically to anyone? Something about it doesn’t seem quite right.

  182. #184 renee
    May 7, 2010

    Ok who ordered the clouds? lol

  183. #185 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    #183 I’ve noticed that too…

  184. #186 Jon
    May 7, 2010

    @184 … I don’t think this volcano likes being watched :)

  185. #187 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    Volcanophile thanks for that info.

    Henrik it may be time for Götterdämmerung.

  186. #188 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    Morning all, quite a show at the moment, though I think the cloud has actually calmed down over the last couple of days. Those brief glimpses we got during the cloud cover suggested a MUCH bigger plume and I think we missed the really big action that produced that SO2 cloud which is currently floating of the west coast of Spain and the Bay of Biscay.

    However, the plume looks noticeably greyer (and not just from steam diluting a black mafic cloud). I wouldn’t be surprised if the ash is indeed richer in SiO2 which begs the question of whether this is coming directly from a deep source or whether basaltic magma from a deeper source is injecting into a shallow fractionated sill or chamber. The seismic patterns seem to suggest the former but I don’t know if you can get SiO2 rich magma from the mantle/crust boundary like that. Maybe EKoh or Boris or someone can fill me in on that (hint, hint).

    @ Henrik, I’m afraid you lost me on the refractive indicies thing (no fault of yours, just my limited knowledge!) To start from the beginning (so that I don’t confuse myself!):

    I think the boluses thing refers to capsules or pulses of melt (probably eclogite to follow Ms. Foulger’s paper) rising through the mantle to stall at the mantle/crust boundary. When their buoyancy overrides the resistance offered by the crust an intrusion event occurs. The resistance offered by the crust will vary depending on local faulting and the nature of the crust itself, e.g. any existing dikes etc. that will facilitate the rise of the magma.

    The oscillating pattern, as I understand it, is an expression of the arrival of such pulses at this boundary (which seems to be in surprisingly ordered succession – hence the string of pearls analogy) and their subsequent propagation through the crust. So far so good.

    So, to get back to your question as to why EQ’s only occur at rift zones: wouldn’t the most obvious explanation be that rift zones are already fractured and this is where the crust offers least resistance?

    If this is what you are actually saying anyway, then pardon!!

  187. #189 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    In The Halls of Valhalla I finally take my place
    With my sword and my shield I enter Odin’s realm
    I’m an immortal spirit now with a heart made of steel
    With the gods on high forever I will live
    and laugh at the fears of man

  188. #190 Hanns Sperl
    May 7, 2010

    Hi folks:
    I am comming back to Katla connection. Could it be possible the following way: Eyj. inflates, erupts … finally deflates and this strong subsidence extends as far as the Katla fault system, thus opening it and triggers Katla ?

    Any comments?
    Hanns

  189. #191 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    It looks like the whole Mila camera operation went belly-up.

  190. #192 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    Sometimes it works when you say that something doesn’t – it starts working right away!

    I still don’t like the picture quality on the visible light camera, not one bit! It’s like it had auto focus on, and it keeps focusing between the fog and the far wall – quite useless at full screen.

  191. #193 McHARD
    May 7, 2010

    Whoooowwww…Lavaausbruch auf Voda on the right side…

  192. #194 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    191

    It looks like the whole Mila camera operation went belly-up.

    Posted by: Kultsi, Askola, FI | May 7, 2010 3:37 AM

    I couldn’t get any of the cams for a few mins. Just try reloading a few times. Worked for me.

    Hard to tell through gaps in the clouds, but the plume may be getting bigger.

  193. #195 Vince
    May 7, 2010

    I made a small time-lapse video from today (05:50-06:20 utc):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu6JQ76Bsxk

    Hope you like, best regards.

  194. #196 McHARD
    May 7, 2010

    Whoooowwww…Lavaausbruch auf Voda on the right side…

  195. #197 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    Henrik thank you I needed that right before I go to sleep:) BTW between work and the volcano I am still studying and enjoying your thesis.

  196. #198 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    @Bruce (#188), yes and no. Thinking of it as a physical body of eclogite makes it comprehensible. The way I try to think of it is in terms of energy, energy forms and interactions. I think of theses boluses not as boluses of eclogite or other materials, but as carriers of energy, an energy bolus if that makes sense? As with the discussion above about steam/cloud permeability to IR, the materials/strata the energy bolus encounters on its upward path will react differently. Some will be permeable and the energy bolus will continue its upwards rise. Some will be opaque and stop further propagation in that direction. Some will react and it is the reactions we (theoretically) can detect. Since what differentiates solids from fluids is a crystal lattice, is it too far-fetched to think of energy in the form of a bolus interacting with and affecting crystal lattices? Something akin to phenomena such as piezo-electricity?

    I hope that makes it clearer – even if I managed to confuse myself thoroughly! My brain is not used to this level of abstract visualisation and conceptualisation, and I find that I lack both knowledge and language to think precisely. :o

  197. #199 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    Yeah, the focus problem is rather irritating. Also, as someone mentioned earlier, the refresh/framerate has really taken a hit. Seriously, at times, the vodafone still cam has been smoother. But they’ve been good at getting stuff fixed so far, so I’m guessing we won’t have to put up with these niggles too long.

    The FLIR cam is pretty spiffy.

    Thanks for that video, Vince.

  198. #200 Gandalff
    May 7, 2010

    http://eldgos.mila.is/eyjafjallajokull-fra-thorolfsfelli/

    Plume looks higher than an hour ago now.

  199. #201 McHARD
    May 7, 2010

    Sorry my bad english..
    Here two Pics, see the right side.

    h**p://mitglied.multimania.de/mchard1/Eyja/07052010_0950.jpg
    h**p://mitglied.multimania.de/mchard1/Eyja/07052010_0949.jpg

  200. #202 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #193 naaaah… Just light playing with your head. Those have been seen b4.

  201. #203 Birgit
    May 7, 2010

    Das dürften Lichtreflexionen in einem Tropfen oder sonst was auf der Kamera sein, ist mir auch schon öfter aufgefallen. Lava ist das nicht.
    Just a reflection on the lense, the spot would not be possible for lava to appaer. I have been waiting to see lava on this cam for days but so far i have not seen any.

  202. #204 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ McHard 196 – I think what you are seeing is a rejuvenated stream of water from the right hand side of the glacier (pretty small though).

    @ Henrik, yes, that makes sense to me. I said this before somewhere but a geologist once explained quakes to me as like when silly putty snaps, i.e. a crystal lattice will only take so much strain before it breaks. The different structural properties of the surrounding strata as well as existing faults and so on will interfere with the propagation of the resulting seismic wave so I guess a pressure wave rising through a volcanic system will be subject to similar discontinuities.

    I really wish we had a 3D map of the seismic activity over time (like Korfs but animated over time) because we may have actually been able to see this.

  203. #205 Ruby
    May 7, 2010

    @195 Thank you so much for the video I was asleep while all that was going on and missed it. Great to be able to see it.

  204. #206 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    An impressive plume on the Hvolvöllur camera.

  205. #207 Kyle
    May 7, 2010

    Mila have zoomed the Poro cam right in on the top of the opening.

  206. #208 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    They’ve shifted the Thorolfsfell camera to point more upwards. Still the same pixel mush for picture.

  207. #209 McHARD
    May 7, 2010

    I do not believe it was, that only water is, look here the picture of picasso voda verge, it looks as if something would explode.

    h**p://mitglied.multimania.de/mchard1/Eyja/07052010_0945_2.png

  208. #210 Viktor
    May 7, 2010

    Múlakot webcam is far enough to see the massive ash plume.
    mulakot.net/myndavelar.html

  209. #211 McHARD
    May 7, 2010

    You go your views on the Voda with the control at 7 hour and 42 minutes and 43 back …
    Then you get the two pictures:

    http://mitglied.multimania.de/mchard1/Eyja/07052010_0942.jpg
    http://mitglied.multimania.de/mchard1/Eyja/07052010_0943.jpg

  210. #212 Birgit
    May 7, 2010

    Ich habe genau den Flecken angeschaut und das auch bemerkt wie gesagt. Ich wäre wirklich froh wenn es Lava oder eine Explosion gewesen wäre, wars aber meiner Meinung nach leider nicht. Aber Philip wird uns hoffentlich wieder mit einem Videozusammenschnitt dieser Kamera beglücken und da kann man dann nochmal genauer nachsehen.
    I know it is impolite not to talk Englisch here, i just wanted to help Mc HARD a bit.
    And McHard, if you keep following this blog i am sure your english will improve, i am learning A LOT here, not only about volcanism.

  211. #213 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ McHard.. ich glaub, dass Du nur eine kleine Wolkenlücke gesehen hast. Ein Lavastrom wäre mit ziemlich viel Dampf verbunden. ;-)

  212. #214 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #211 Again, that is just a trick of light, no lava outburst. Take a look at the Voda pic http://extras.vodafone.is/trailers/fimmvorduhals/mx10-4-235-80/2010/05/04/08/06.jpg. The UFO is not there…

  213. #215 McHARD
    May 7, 2010

    Sorry, but the pictures it was really over
    Birgit @ 212 and @ 213 Bruce
    Thank you:)

  214. #216 Jamie Z
    May 7, 2010

    The FLIR camera is now showing its worth. Impressive hot plume and evident lava flow.

  215. #217 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    Did the plume become significantly darker?

  216. #218 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    @Ragutis, It seems so. I guess the new magma has finally reached the surface. This is not a trick of the light.

  217. #219 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    Nifty little lenticular cloud.

  218. #220 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    And – when the cloud at the top disperse, the column changes to a (much) darker colour and does not attain the same height. Since this seems to be a repeating phenomenon, I give you two choices:

    a) Changes in magma composition and force of eruption coincide with changes in cloud cover.

    b) The eruption column interacts with any cloud present which results in the changes in colour and altitude observed.

    Since b) is the far simpler explanation, it’s the more likely (See Popper and Ockham)

  219. #221 Jamie Z
    May 7, 2010

    On the heat camera the colours have changed. It was said last night that the colour range adjusts to the temperature range on screen. in other words the hotest thing is white and the coldst purple, a given colour doesnt equal a certain temperature constantly.

    Given this fact it is interesting that the ground is now mostly red, when it was yellow earlier. this suggests the the white area, the plume, is alot hotter. would this make sense since you are suggesting the new magma has arrived?

    This is indeed a new phase just starting.

  220. #222 La Kat
    May 7, 2010

    @ Peter Cobbold 156
    @ Henrik Sweden 142

    All volcanoes are said to have their own unique seismic signature but Redoubt was certainly notable in her short period of quiescence just before she blew her top. (Fooled a few people, there!) After much misbehaving, and cause for concern, she suddenly settled down gaining a reprieve for good behaviour from The Alaskan Volcano Observatory who officially reduced her alert level i.e. put it back down a level! Hence my comment (300 6th May) that Turrialba may be doing the same and is not to be trusted.

  221. #223 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #220 I’ll offer a c) When the clouds disperse, the amount of light reaching the camera changes and it reacts with adjusting to the total amount and that will make the plume look relatively darker.

  222. #224 La Kat
    May 7, 2010

    Ooops! Meant @ Peter Cobbald’s comment at no.56 (not 156)

  223. #225 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    sorry guys, but I beg to differ. The cloud only looks darker because the sun has shifted behind it. :-)

    It looks more uniformly grey to me which would indicate less or even no phreatomagmatic activity. Henrik, I still don’t buy the cloud explanation for the huge cloud of SO2 put out the other day.

    For a colour comparison remember the densely black clouds at the beginning of the eruption? This is nothing like this.

  224. #226 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #222 To compensate for Redoubt, Pagan went yellow VONA level yesterday…

  225. #227 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Jamie (#221)! Consider the alternate explanation – there no cloud there to interact with, ie to cool, the eruption column.

    LaKat, I agree – “Human wishes rarely influence natural phenomenae” or “If an observed phenomenon can be linked to either a benevolent or a destructive event to follow, get the H outta there!”.

  226. #228 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    Darn! en.vedur.is is having a glitch.

  227. #229 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Bruce! SO2 does not build huge, billowing clouds, H20 does. Remember the unique properties of the water molecule!

  228. #230 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    Henrik, I’m not that stupid!! (ok so I might look it ;-))

    i mean this:
    http://satepsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/pub/OMI/OMISO2/images/OMI_NH_SO2_DDC2.GIF

    which was erupted overnight two nights ago. At the time you poo pooed our thoughts that the eruption had ramped up and said it was due to local cloud cover adding moisture.

  229. #231 Mr. Mogo
    May 7, 2010

    Everybody, look at the FLIR cam now.
    It looks like they’re experimenting with temperature readings.

  230. #232 snotraviking
    May 7, 2010

    Look a temp scale and a Hotspot reading. Mila, I´m impressed with your sensitivity to what we spectators want.!!

    had a 47 degree hotspot just now

  231. #233 Jamie Z
    May 7, 2010

    Well, very interestingly, some more data has appeared on screen on the thermal camera. It shows a temperature scale and there seems to be someone using it to assess the temperature of the plume and the lava flow.

  232. #234 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    @Kultsi (#223). Nice explanation but it does not explain the observed changes in altitude! ;)

    Bruce (#230), I didn’t poh-poo you did I? Since there was no corroborating evidence for a substantial increase, I merely offered an alternative – and in my opinion more likely – explanation. If I offended you or anyone else, I sincerely apologise! :(

  233. #235 Mr. Moho
    May 7, 2010

    @232: Thinking more about it, I’m not sure if they will keep it though. Temperature readings from a FLIR camera can be misleading. Certainly hot spots aren’t in reality only 38.5C hot or so.

  234. #236 kaboom
    May 7, 2010

    Does anyone else think that the water flow on the left hand side is coming from under the glacier tongue. If this is the case then i think this is where our meltwater extrusion burst(if one is to occur)will manifest itself. Any thoughts.

    Also the judging by the size of the jeep that was parked here yesterday and various video’s that have been shown the flow from under the tongue is most likely quite violent.

  235. #237 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    : ) !

  236. #238 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    @#234 Henrik: wind is the logical explanation to that, but sadly, well lack data to assess that factor. Wind speed at one level would not be enough, we would need speeds at several altitudes to assess the wind shear.

  237. #239 snotraviking
    May 7, 2010

    New flood on lefthand side of glacier tounge just now

  238. #240 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    Ha, Henrik, no offense taken (I’m kind of difficult to offend on this kind of thing).

    No, I was referring to the discussion yesterday morning when we were all getting excited and you dismissed it as the result of excessively damp cloud cover, even though there was indeed a ruddy great cloud of SO2 bearing straight down on Ireland that hadn’t been there the day before.

    You might be right, particularly as there hasn’t been any associated reports of excessive ash, just I don’t see how something like that huge cloud of SO2 can be explained by local airborne moisture interacting with the plume.

  239. #241 Jamie Z
    May 7, 2010

    My understanding of thermal imaging is that it measures infrared. In which case the intensity is a function of the distance the object is from the camera. In order to get a decent reading they would need to know the distance the plume was from the camera and probably also a reference distance to an object of known temperature, for example the glacier. Perhaps that is what they are doing now, calibrating it.

    @Henrik, Swe. I hope you don’t mind if i suggest your use of exclamation marks gives the impression you are shouting all the time :) That might be why people get a bit upset. What you are saying is always interesting though.

  240. #242 La Kat
    May 7, 2010

    @ Henrik no. 227

    I think you meant to say: “malevolent”. (Bene = good!)

    BTW: Your standard of English is excellent – just thought you would like to know.

  241. #243 kaboom
    May 7, 2010

    As for the clouds i don’t think they effect the height of the ash plume. With cloud convection you are talking a few degress in temperature difference to create updraft. With the volcano the ash plume is most likely very hot and will push through the cloud with little or no resistance. 850mb and 500mb temperatures have been fairly constant for the last few weeks ranging in temperature from -10 to -15 DegC.

    I take things as i see them, the ash plume is higher because the eruption is stronger.

  242. #244 ems
    May 7, 2010

    Nice colours showing on the Poro cam – looks like the lower bright spot tallies with the areas of steam that have been seen above the arch.

  243. #245 MadScientist
    May 7, 2010

    @Birgit #148: The camera is set to automatically adjust the dynamic range of the image so you can see the most detail when there is little temperature difference in the scene. This makes it useful for some things but absolutely useless for other things (such as gauging the temperature of objects). If you have a very large contrast in the image such as a clear sky (about -40C) and a warm plume (about +80C) or even volcanic bombs (~600C or more) you tend to lose all features and see only silhouettes. This is even more obvious if some object is so hot that the detector cannot correctly register the energy received. So that’s probably the effect you see – just a large difference in contrast and the camera’s computer automatically attempting to scale things. There are other techniques which can be exploited to show better images in such a situation, but then the usual image from the camera would not be interesting at all – if only they would automatically switch between image processing techniques.

  244. #246 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #244 I don’t agree. The hot spot upslope Gigjökull seen on the Thorolfsfell (or Þórólfsfell, if you want to use the local character set) is probably the only glimpse we have of actual lava – and it really is much higher up, at least a mile, maybe more, along the glacier, I’d guess.

  245. #247 Ruby
    May 7, 2010

    Mila cams are down for me

  246. #248 Birgit
    May 7, 2010

    Thank you MadScientist. That explains. I think the cam turned bright just when the new more active phase started.
    And i would like to thank the people of Mila for providing the cameras for us and constantly improving things. After all we are people living far away from iceland and still we can watch this eruption right when it happens. With the pictures and Jons helicorders and the tremors one can get a really good idea whats going on. Not that i understand everything our experts here are discussing but i am learning more and more about volcanoes. Eyja sure is faszinating and i became a scienceblogs/eruptions addict.

    So did the eruption enter a new phase today?

  247. #249 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    This may be a case of crystal mush “rejuvenation” as someone said earlier….

    The almost-crystallized rhyodacite magma under Eyjaf has been melted back to eruptible status bay week after week of basaltic injections, and we see it erupting now.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we had yet another switch-back to basaltic magma after a few days, then back to andesitic, etc etc….

    Anything seems possible in this eruption. We could even have dome growth, then basaltic lava flows, then back to dome growth, or even the two erupting simultaneously, or magma mixing to any extend.

  248. #250 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    Now on Hvolsvelli we can clearly see the plume. It is HUGE, as big as it was at the start of the eruption… and there is NO WATER involved in the eruptive process now.

    This looks just like St Helens or Pinatubo right now, LARGE mushroom cloud.

    This…. is at the very least a *solid* subplinian activity.

  249. #251 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    @Ruby I can’t get any of the Mila cams right now either. I get a server down message.

  250. #252 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ Volcanophile 249

    yep, that makes perfect sense to me too.

  251. #253 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    I think Mila has set up a program to automatically follow the hottest spot in the picture.

  252. #254 Carl
    May 7, 2010

    @Henrik, Swe

    In general you have a valid point with your water-theory.
    Even if you haven’t said it water has a much higher energy containment potential than water-free air. It also as you state has some rather unique qualities as dispersers and as cloud-builders. So far your theory is bang on the money.

    Now to the small flaw.
    Your theory would have been valid if you had made the comparison between dry air and watery clouds. But that is only possible normaly in laboratories or in some degree over large desserts. Not in Iceland during fog-season:)
    I would say that the air humidity is about 60 – 80 percent in clear (no cloud) air and between 60 – 90 in the clouds. The only large difference between the clouds and the clear air is temperature driven, ie. if the clear air reaches a certain temperature point it starts to go into steam.
    And do not for all parts forget that cloud-building is also in large parts driven by micro air particles. You can get a whopping good rain if you “seed” clear air with silver-nitrates.
    Conclusion: The difference between the clouds you say enhances the plume and “clear air” is only a couple of degrees and some dirt.

    Conclusion 2: Actually Henrik might be right though if I reverse order you theory. A larger plume will increase the “cloudabillity” due to wind increase (lowers dew point and temperature), particle amount (will give adding points for the airs watermolecules, and of course lower the air temperature).

    Conclusion 3: (Public health warning, philosophical humour) Soros Law, if one has to invoke Popper one has forgotten to look for a new solution.
    All is Poppers fault since he was the thesis supervisor for George Soros. And as we all know he has built a fortune out of global crisis management, so in any good logic, since he benefits from large crisises all is his fault, or more to the point. Popper blew up the volcano;)

  253. #255 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    dagnabbit,rabbit,no view for me either except Mulakot -glad I got up early . Those who can see, please post occasionally what you’re seeing, especially any changes in water, etc.

  254. #256 Kyle
    May 7, 2010

    The Mila cams have all been up and down like a yoyo since they installed them new cameras at Þórólfsfell.

  255. #257 Jon
    May 7, 2010

    Jón Frímann’s helicorder is detoxing right now :)

  256. #258 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    detoxing! Haa! nice way to put it…

    crikey is that a small pyroclastic flow on the vodafone cam or just another trick of the light? whoa.. sun just came out, that will be it.

  257. #259 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Vodaphone cam is showing more water coming out from under the east side of the glacier tongue this morning.

  258. #260 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010

    A lot of ashfall in the town of Vík (SE of Eyja) yesterday and today.

    http://kort.vista.is/

  259. #261 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Got my access back to the Mila cams. As much as the FLIR image is fun, I’d love it if they’d put the Thorolfsfell cam back the way it was! The new image is not good.

    Vodafone is giving a better picture, but the constant refreshing of their page is headache-inducing.

  260. #262 hannahsmetana
    May 7, 2010

    Can anyone else see a big yellow square in the voda cam – what’s that all about?

  261. #263 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    @Volcanophile (#250). Steady on there, I’ve checked with old screenshots (Hvolsvöllur camera). Although it is certainly large today, it is nowhere near as big as on the 16th and 17th of April when it overtopped the screen by some distance. Nor is it as high as on the 27th. It is slightly higher than it was on the 21st, 22nd and 2nd albeit more voluminous today. :)

  262. #264 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #262 I can’t see any squares, but there’s an X on the west (right) side of the split rock, “Treasure Be Here”…

  263. #265 Jamie Z
    May 7, 2010

    The lava flow appears to have increased. The steam in the glacier is greater but more significantly there is much more of a ‘hot’ line coming north from the plume site on the thermal camera.

  264. #266 GT McCoy
    May 7, 2010

    Here’s a link to the July 22,1980 St. Helens eruption,which was similar to what this one looks like today.
    Re post #250- I agree…

    http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/Images/july_22_images.html

  265. #267 Mr. Moho
    May 7, 2010

    Are all those signals on Jon Frimann’s helicorder only noise or is there some earthquake too?

  266. #268 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Upcoming ‘Megavolcano’ documentary … I don’t know how over the top this will be but it might be worth watching.

    http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/2010/megavolcano/

  267. #269 snotraviking
    May 7, 2010

    Somebody who is good with time-lapse movies. I would like to see how fast the lava is moving in the ice, could that be done with timelapse on the heat cam? I´m trying to decide if the hotspots are increasing in size, hard to see in normal motion.

  268. #270 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @268 well from the blurb, I am not holding out much hope for it. They make it sound like they just discovered the Toba eruption well, doh! No doubt I will watch it anyway given the chance but it hardly looks like news.

    love this bit: “to predict if such a disaster could happen again” lol

  269. #271 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010

    @Snotra (#269)

    I don’t think the lava has advanced one bit in the past two days or so.

    If I remember correctly scientists said yesterday that the lava (what little there is of it) seems to be pooling in some hollow high above the split boulder outlet.

  270. #272 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    @snotraviking I think we’ve been waiting nearly two weeks – since we saw the first steam plume at the top of the glacier tongue – for lava to be visible. We’re still waiting…..

  271. #274 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    @Anna

    Yesterday they said this, “The lava stream down Gígjökull has been stationary for the last two days.”

    There are two hot spots in the upslope channel, but how hot they really are, is anyone’s guess, as the FLIR only shows relative temperatures.

  272. #275 Peter Cobbold
    May 7, 2010

    @Bruce 188 Henrik 198. A bolus of energy could embrace any of: heat, kinetic energy, buoyancy, chemical reactivity, (others?). Boluses of heat seem less likely at Eyjaf because of Prof Foulgers cold plume papers (no evidence for hot plume). Chemical reactivity- seems to ne to be too slow to produce very sudden EQ-rate rise and a symmetrical spike.Kinetic energy we’ve visited before- negligible with respect to mass of crust above bolus. That leaves buoyancy. Maybe hydraulic coupling, but we have not considered sinking of the overlying crust into a lower density bolus (think of boat sinking into mass of rising methane bubbles). To me crustal sinking into a bolus would lead to compression of surface of crust , but GPS show expansion. On other hand bending (expansion) of lower crust could explain deep EQs at 25km. And maybe compression of surface reduced strain and EQ numbers in the top 1km we saw in the swarm.

  273. #276 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    Hi Peter, nearly missed you here.

    What you are referring to would be the top pressure/squeeze mechanism I mentioned above. Unfortunately I think the observed inflation rules this out. Did you see this when it came out?

    http://www.earthice.hi.is/page/ies_Eyjafjallajokull_eruption?259,72

    Scroll way down to near the bottom of the page or do a text search in the page for “crustal deformation associated with magma intrusion” for that great interferometric map.

  274. #277 Thomas Wipf
    May 10, 2010

    Earthquake swarm around noon, Jons helicorder is showing crazy things… while watching the Webcams (I watch Vodafone, Mila and Mulakot at the same time on 2 Monitors) it seems that the eruption is getting stronger reaching a Sub-Plinian characteristic very soon.

  275. #278 serp ranking
    December 9, 2010

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  276. #279 smskostenlos
    December 18, 2010

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