The Gígjökull outlet glacier on Eyjafjallajökull, showing the steaming lava flow carving its way through the glacier. Image taken May 5, 2010 by Dr. Joseph Licciardi.

A quick update on the ongoing activity at Eyjafjallajökull:

The activity at the volcano continues to be more explosive during the last few days than it was in the previous week, leading to more potential for airspace closures over Europe if the winds were to shift. Currently, the VAAC ash advisory only seems to suggest that even Spain may get a taste of the ash sometime tomorrow, but most of Europe will be OK. However, transatlantic routes to Europe could have problems as many flights will need to be routed significantly south to get around the ash. All of this has now lead for a push for satellites that can detect ash more effectively. Tourism in Iceland has seen a boom since the eruption started – one of the economic plusses in a story that has emphasized the minuses.

The latest Icelandic Met Office update for the volcano has the plume reaching 9km / 30,000 feet, which is one of the highest levels we’ve seen for this plume so far. Ash fall has become severe in some parts of Iceland, where even 65-70 km away from the vent “everything has turned black.”I haven’t been able to find much else about the “bulging” reported yesterday in the USA Today other than the IMO mentioning “Increased seismicity suggests that new material is intruding from deep below Eyjafjallajökull and latest GPS-observations suggest inflation. So far, GPS-signals are not large.” My guess is that the inflation isn’t significant, just noticeable on the installed GPS receivers. The composition of the lavas erupting from Eyjafjallajökull are squarely andesitic (well, at least the one sample analyzed so far) – and it does suggest that the current phase of the eruption is more silicic than the original fissure and the eruptions on the volcano in late April. This might suggest that the basaltic magma from depth is still effectively mixing with the more silicic (rhyolite) mush in the Eyjafjallajökull magmatic system.

I discovered the other day that a friend of mine from graduate school is in Iceland right now watching the eruption. Dr. Joe Licciardi is a professor at University of New Hampshire who studies subglacial volcanism (from the glacial side) so he headed out to check the processes in action. The two images in this post are from Joe (thanks!) showing the state of the Gígjökull glacier (in much worse shape than it was a week ago; above) and a shot of the air quality in southern Iceland (with the plume in the background; below). Lets just say I’m more than a little jealous of Joe right now …

Volcanic haze (foreground) and the Eyjafjallajökull plume (background). Taken May 5, 2010 by Dr. Joseph Licciardi.

UPDATE 7:15 PM 5/7/2010: The NASA EO posted a nice image of the recent plume, showing both the main plume and the windblown lower altitude ash.


  1. #1 Zander
    May 7, 2010

    I can no longer get the Mila cams , all i get is a 404 page not found boo hoo.

  2. #2 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 7, 2010

    @Eric: There is a new analysis of the lava out. The composition changed to be more silicic (up to 61,5% now). You can find it here:

  3. #3 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    amazing that the colour of the plume even shows the change in composition so clearly .. not that I’d stick my finger into the fire, um, volcano, to test it.

  4. #4 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    The Míla webcams are back up. They were normalising the URIs (about b4y time, too).

  5. #5 James
    May 7, 2010

    It seems the plume is reaching pretty high, according to USA Today!

    “A Boeing 757 flying nearby observed a black plume at 421,000 feet up heading towards the southeast.”

    The plume seems to have reached well into space. And all visible from a 757. Impressive…

  6. #6 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    Big plume on this cam.

    At one point it was to the top of the frame. Any guess on the hight??

  7. #7 PeakVT
    May 7, 2010

    @Zander – Míla finally changed the page names to line up with the camera locations. You can get to them from this page:

  8. #8 Kaboom
    May 7, 2010

    @Dasnowskier i’d say the plume is about 421,000 feet very soom it’ll be in earth orbit and they will be collecting the dust in the ISS.

    Reports are its at 31,500ft

  9. #9 matt
    May 7, 2010

    hitting the top of the frame now

  10. #10 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    *grmbl* I’m as certain as the rest of ya that the new colour camera on Þórólfsfell is a wide-screen cam being shoehorned into a 4:3 format. Effin Panavision compression!

  11. #11 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 7, 2010

    @Kaboom: Do they also set up a no-fly zone for the ISS? 🙂

  12. #12 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    Lets hope the wind blows away from Europe. With the markets and Greece, on top of this, that area of the world could use a rest.

    As the Chinese proverb/curse goes.
    May you live in interesting times.

    These times are interesting.

  13. #13 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    I get the feeling that a certain blog host would find it more interesting to have his head banged aginst a side window of a jostling jeep than to sit in an office. Wonder why… <oh-so-innocent look>

  14. #14 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    Mila dropped and won’t load or reload, jut as it looked as though the glacier was changing on the left – anyone??

  15. #15 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    No Mila here either.
    The plume was growing when I was bumped.

  16. #16 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    @Reynir #10 Yup. The pic quality is s*t and the feed speed is worse. Don’t they realize that we are interested in details and that we catch the interesting details much easier in a moving picture. We got that from our ancestors:

  17. #17 renee
    May 7, 2010

    Left side something is up or rather down seeing large splashes in the lake bed

  18. #18 Kaboom
    May 7, 2010

    No birdseye the galcier wasn’t changing it has the same black and white outfit on from yesterday.

  19. #19 beedragon
    May 7, 2010

    Mila – if you’re reading this – we love you, but please give us our old Thorolfsfell webcam back!

  20. #20 EKoh
    May 7, 2010

    A shout out to Joe Liccardi, enjoy your adventure!
    @3 Bruce, the color probably reflects the ash content in the plume rather than the compositions. Volcanic glass (which makes up the ash) tends to have similar black-gray colors no matter the silica content, particularly small particles. Iron content plays a stronger coloring role in glass. Obsidian, or rhyolitic glass, can appear very similar to basaltic glass.
    Now the rocks (or crystallized lavas) are a different story. Low-silica magmas crystallize minerals with lower amounts of silica and higher amounts of iron and magnesium than intermediate and rhyolitic magmas. So as you you go from basalt to rhyolite you have increasing amounts of light colored minerals and decreasing amounts of dark mins. So the lavas become lighter in color.

  21. #21 Korf
    May 7, 2010
  22. #22 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    On the other hand, the new colour cam might look pretty damn good at full screen for those with a widescreen.

  23. #23 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @19 Keep the thermal cam, though, please! Maybe the two cams have to be synched for refresh speed? Or maybe here are just too many of us, slowing the server??? Don’t know enough to even guess. Had to go buy my first external drive this a.m. lol

  24. #24 kingbrilliant
    May 7, 2010

    Toggled to full screen the new Thoro feed is amazing. My vote is keep it. Slow but very detailed.

  25. #25 Kyle
    May 7, 2010

    Whats wrong with the new Þórólfsfell cam?

  26. #26 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    In case someone hasn’t seen this:

  27. #27 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #24 What’s your picture ratio?

  28. #28 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    I was wondering if the strength and direction of the wind wouldn’t play a trick on us concerning plume heights. If you look at the plume from Þórólfsfell (from north) it looks very inclined towards left (east), but when you look from Hvolvöllur (from W) it points straight up, but deceivingly at a lower height. Does it make any sense?

  29. #29 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Full-screen for me is bigger, just as blurry, and might as well be a still for all the action it shows.

  30. #30 Kaboom
    May 7, 2010

    OMG OMG i just got a screenshot from the Þórólfsfelli webcam and you can clearly see magma.

  31. #31 kingbrilliant
    May 7, 2010

    #27 – widescreen laptop – 16:9

  32. #32 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    And the colour screen on Þórólfsfell has been reset to a 16:9 view. Gotta pan a bit on a 1024×768.

  33. #33 JB US
    May 7, 2010

    Cross Hatch + mark/target on FLIR – is this a hottest spot marker??

  34. #34 ghostdogjp
    May 7, 2010

    #30 bad joke ?

  35. #35 hannahsmetana
    May 7, 2010

    @ Kaboom Hehehehe

  36. #36 ghostdogjp
    May 7, 2010

    #31 24 ” 1920*1980

    clearly not high def

  37. #37 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    I just checked the Mila Thorolfsfell camera web page source code: size 711×400 – wide – and the Flash player hasn’t an option that would leave top & bottom black and just adjust the width. OTOH: with that resolution, you cannot expect much of a picture…

    Oh, the FLIR is 640×480.

  38. #38 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010

    Hate to be nitpicky but …

    “Tourism in Iceland has seen a boom since the eruption started – one of the economic plusses in a story that has emphasized the minuses.”

    This was true when the eruption was going on in Fimmvörðuháls but after the flight bans in Europe things took a turn for the worse. A lot of tourists fear they’ll get stuck in Iceland for days. Also, many people appear to think that Iceland is a dangerous place to be, with thick ashfalls affecting the whole country etc. Hotel bookings are down 30-50% (compared to the same time period last year).

    The government has injected some money into the tourist industry’s PR campaigns. I guess if Eyja keeps up there’s always volcano tourism:

  39. #39 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ EKoh

    Thanks!! Well, it LOOKED a lighter shade of grade to me. It’s all relative. Maybe I am just a day older. 😉
    Wait, I AM a day older. Shucks.

  40. #40 Fireman
    May 7, 2010

    @Anna: stuck for days? In Iceland? Really? Promise? 🙂

  41. #41 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ Anna, I would LOVE to get stuck in Iceland.

  42. #42 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    Could it be that the camera vibrates sideways? Every once in a while – way too often, IMO – there’s blurring in the picture that looks quite bit like motion blur. At that distance, about 5.3 km, you don’t need much to make that happen.

  43. #43 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    #40,41: Will this affect your resolve further?

  44. #44 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010

    Fireman, Bruce, clearly you’re made of sterner stuff than the average tourist!

  45. #45 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @Anna – Maybe the tourist bureau could arrange special everything-included rates which would make getting ‘stuck’ (I wish!) a good deal (since Iceland has the reputation of being very expensive) and would bring more people. ‘Volcano rates.’

  46. #46 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    Here is a picture of the ash plume from space. It looks quite big on this picture.

  47. #47 Dan, Florida
    May 7, 2010

    @38 Anna As long as I can bring my own Jeep, I would get stuck in Iceland. Stay longer than last time that way. 🙂

  48. #48 Emma, Lancashire UK
    May 7, 2010

    This eruption has introduced me to Iceland. I now desperately want to go there for a holiday. My target will be to save up to visit next year. If our lady Eyjaf hadn’t erupted, I wouldn’t be planning a holiday to Iceland.

  49. #49 Thomas Wipf
    May 7, 2010

    Anyone noticed the EQ-Swarm at Reykjanes with a 3.2 EQ around 15:00 local time??? Is there anything going on under water?

  50. #50 Möp
    May 7, 2010

    Mhh is there a way that the bottom smoke is “lighter” then the top ash ?

    on Vodafone cam it just seems so that the bottom ashe is staying under the main clouds.

  51. #51 Zander
    May 7, 2010

    @PeakVT thanks.

  52. #52 parclair NoCal USA
    May 7, 2010

    @Kaboom 30. Thanx for the first laugh of the morning:-D

  53. #53 Zander
    May 7, 2010

    Is there any possibility that the webcam operators could switch the Thorolfsfell cam back to 4:3 instead of widescreen?

  54. #54 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    Wow! Really close and intimate with the Lady (Thorolfsfell camera)

  55. #55 Möp
    May 7, 2010

    haha 54 soo true i was just starring at this picture like crazy.

    Thanks for that zoom, dude.

  56. #56 Kyle
    May 7, 2010

    I wish they would switch off autofocus on the new Þórólfsfell camera, every tiny movement from a gust of wind sets the autofocus off and makes the image blurry for a split second.

  57. #57 tj
    May 7, 2010

    What I find curious, is that there seems to be little in the way of liquid discharge (on Thoro cam).

    Now, all that heat surely means there is a lot of melting going on, right? It can’t all disappear into steam, can it?

    So where is it?

  58. #58 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010

    @birdseye, good idea! Actually, after the bank collapse and economic crash in 2008 prices in Iceland have been very competitive, in fact lower than in most European countries. That’s why tourism has been booming lately and 2010 was supposed to be a record year.

  59. #59 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010
  60. #60 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    If you look closely, I think you can see the Lady: just to the left of the split stone, twice as tall as it, to a background of the white parts of the glacier. Her left arm is raised to almost level, her right arm is akimbo, her left leg is a bit to the front, and she’s got white slippers. Veiled she is, and her dress is long.

  61. #61 Jennifer in Portland
    May 7, 2010

    Just wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying this blog. I’ve been pretty much glued to it for the last few weeks and I figure it’s time to come out of the lurker’s closet. Plus, Joe Licciardi is a friend of mine from grad school too (OSU, Erik?). I had no idea he was in Iceland until just a few days ago – and now here are his photos on the blog I’m addicted to! Erik, I share your envy of Joe’s situation right now – although I must say it is a beautiful day in Portland, nestled between two sleeping volcanoes (or three if you count Mt. Tabor!)

  62. #62 dubliner
    May 7, 2010

    #57 @tj, I was wondering the same, then I thought, maybe the exit of further meltwater is prevented by rock, etc., and all meltwater now interacts with lava leading to the increasing plume.

    Looking at the gathering cloud of ash over the Atlantic, I’d say there will be major disruption over Ireland and Europe next week when the winds resume a more normal southwesterly / westerly direction.

    On another note, we had a (very rare) earth tremor in the West of Ireland yesterday:

    I heard someone say on the radio that this might be connected with the Icelandic situation. Is this possible? I thought Ireland was well away from fault lines.

  63. #63 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    #57 Indeed, very little discharge. The is no new lava coming in at the moment, that is why; the steaming is just water cooling down the lava that is already there. I think there is still melting going on upstream, but that hardly comes from contact with lava, just radiant heat. The water flows to the end of the lava flow, and as it cannot easily go any further, it does come into contact with the lava and happily boils away. Of course there is some overflow, but nothing like it has been in the previous days.

  64. #64 parclair NoCal USA
    May 7, 2010

    In my morning blog review, I came across this post from Classic Detritus about the “Bathymetric maps in the vicinity of Eyjafjallajokull volcano” It’s fun to read, with wonderful maps (gives one a perspective on the depth of the volcanos). Sorry if it’s a repost’-)

  65. #65 kere
    May 7, 2010

    From the Norwegian broadcasting today

    The volcano spews reach approximately 200 tons of material in seconds, yet it flows more from the depths of the earth.
    The result is that the material is stored inside the volcano. The researchers see this directly by the ground around the volcano rises. This increased pressure can lead to the eruption is more powerful than what we see now, “said the leader of the Northern volcanic center in Reykjavik, Rikke Pedersen.The explosive activity we’ve seen over the past day, is a direct result of pressure increase, but it is not enough to lower the pressure again.A heavy ash cloud extending southward from Iceland. The column of ash that comes out of the volcano is now up to almost nine kilometers altitude. It runs almost directly south from Iceland and will not land until it reaches Portugal. Wind direction is very lucky for Norway and Northern Europe, “said state meteorologist Håkon Melhuus. No matter what height the ashes sent up in, it is ruled out in the Atlantic Ocean off the mainland. It is a high pressure west of Iceland and a low pressure over Norway that dominates the weather, and ash cloud being pulled southward between these two weather systems.
    Wind conditions will remain so for many days to come,Air traffic to or from the United States is now being conducted south of the ash cloud. It causes delays.The outbreak is now different than it was in the middle of April. Then came the massive ash cloud from the contact between the floating stone and cold meltwater from the glacier. Now is not the lava in contact with water, and the explosive activity originating from the gas that comes with the stone from the deep.Two of our researchers was gas poisoning when they would take samples near the volcano, “says Rikke Pedersen. None of our will now be allowed to move near the volcano without gas masks.Most of the gas is CO2 and sulfur dioxide, but there are also other toxic gases that lie in the ground near the volcano.
    The gases are also mixed into the melt water coming from the volcano, making it toxic.When the pressure becomes smaller as the lava moves up inside the volcano, the gas expands explosively. The lava coming out now, contains more gas than before, says Rikke Pedersen. – But we are not sure whether the lava is different, we have people looking to find out now.hat is clear is that the gas does not lead to such powerful explosions that led to the water. It leads to the ash particles are larger than before.The ash particles are larger, leading to the fall faster, and that cloud not reach so far, “said Pedersen. – And I guess the only good news we have today, “she said.

  66. #66 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    Erik & Boris 61.5% silica and lots of new mafic magma….”A posse ad esse” 😉

  67. #67 Gina Ct
    May 7, 2010

    re image distortion right click and click on the stretching menu repeat until you get what you like

    @fireman eastern ct close to rouges island

    water flow appears to be mostly from the left side from the foot of the glacier and it looks like their is a river between tho moraine and the rock wall scroll vodafone top image full left and zoom

  68. #68 Diane N CA
    May 7, 2010

    Dubliner, I am not sure about Ireland and the Iceland eruption causing a quake. One thing I do know is that given the right conditions, a large quake from quite a distance can trigger a fault that is likely ready to move anyway.

    Last year when Northern Sumatra had a 7.6 (if I remember right) quake, within an hour there was a swarm of small quakes at Mammoth Mt. in CA. It could have been triggered by the Sumatran quake, but there was really no way of knowing.

    So it can happen. In the case of Ireland, I would say it is just speculation on the part of who came up with that idea.

    I hope this answeres your question. I know Erik or Boris would be able to have much better input on it. A seizmologist would probably have a better idea because that is their focus.

  69. #69 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @AnnaReyk.58 Would love to get stuck in Siglufjörður for instance…have driven the old road.

  70. #70 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    nice story about a (non-scientific) visit to see Ejya in action

  71. #71 Gina Ct
    May 7, 2010

    @ Jon your tremmor plot looks as if it is infected with water hammer signals

  72. #72 La Kat
    May 7, 2010

    @ Mike

    You lucky thing being in Costa Rica – absolutely spoilt for choice on your volcano-watch! A friend of mine was there for
    three months, and says not to miss out on the National Parks for their exceptionally diverse range of flora and fauna: margay/tapir/macaws/puma etc. So you’ve already seen Poas and Turrialba? The latter really is a “persistant and unpleasant degasser” and now has her own webcam:

    You could check out Arenal’s seismicity from the comfort of your laptop before climbing up:
    Be safe and let us see your photos,later, maybe.

  73. #73 La Kat
    May 7, 2010

    @ Mike

    You lucky thing being in Costa Rica – absolutely spoilt for choice on your volcano-watch! A friend of mine was there for
    three months, and says not to miss out on the National Parks for their exceptionally diverse range of flora and fauna: margay/tapir/macaws/puma etc. So you’ve already seen Poas and Turrialba? The latter really is a “persistant and unpleasant degasser” and now has her own webcam:

    You could check out Arenal’s seismicity from the comfort of your laptop before climbing up:
    Be safe and let us see your photos,later, maybe.

  74. #74 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ Henrik, Anna # 59 Thanks Anna!

    Henrik, this is what I was referring to about the ash cloud yesterday and it must have been going on when we were all getting so excited. I guess you missed the brief glimpse we got before the clouds closed in but what we saw was enough for most of us at the time to perk up. Sorry for any misunderstanding.

  75. #75 parclair NoCal USA
    May 7, 2010

    I’ve a question– Is the thermal cam on the thorolfsfelli page not refreshing automatically? Or is it just my connection? Thnx 🙂

  76. #76 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    17.25 GMT To judge by the steam clods visible at the foot of the eruption column, the lava flow is now going S-SSE instead.
    (Hvolsvöllur camera)

  77. #77 PeakVT
    May 7, 2010

    It’s cleared up a bit on the Hvolsvöllur cam and I see what appears to be a large amount of steam forming behind the ash column, at a somewhat lower level than the ash cloud. Is the steam from melting on the far side of the caldera, or is it coming out of the vent directly?

  78. #78 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    bruce stout wouldn’t you say that this is a lot like what we were seeing yesterday morning?….I am afraid this is not going to have a happy ending.

  79. #79 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    @#75 The connection drops often. Many times the only remedy is to reconnect from the link, some times left-clicking the image and then clicking the play button in the middle may restart it.

  80. #80 mike don
    May 7, 2010

    Interesting plumbing system this volcano has; an apparently steady progress from basalt to andesite. Opposite of the usual sequence in subduction volcanos (silicic first then more mafic). Magma mixing? Most silicate melts are entirely miscible…under lab conditions. But field evidence suggests that separate batches of melt take a good while to mix completely, if they’re erupted before the process is complete there will be a streaky, blebby texture of the two original melts imperfectly mixed. Wonder if any evidence of mixing has been seen in hand sample of the eruption products yet?

    Second query: is there likely to be any health hazard from fluorine with this eruption? Hekla eruptions, and Laki 1783 have produced dangerous quantities of it, and they’re not too far away.

    BTW: Thanks to Bruce for answering my query on SO2 on another the time I returned to the site the discussions had moved on

  81. #81 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Today’s report from NORVOL

    Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull – Status Report: 16:00 GMT, 07 May 2010
    Icelandic Meteorological Office and Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland

    Compiled by: Sigurlaug Hjaltadóttir, Rikke Pedersen, Björn Oddsson, Ólafur Freyr Gíslason, Guðrún Larsen, Benedikt G. Ófeigsson, Matthew J. Roberts, Bergthóra S. Thorbjarnardóttir.

    Based on:
    IMO seismic monitoring; IES-IMO GPS monitoring; IMO hydrological data; IMO weather radar measurements, MERIS satellite image; reports from sent through the IMO web site, information from commercial flights.

    Eruption plume:
    Height (a.s.l.): 7 km according to IMO weather radar measurements at 1155h. Commercial flight heading towards Keflavík at 15:18h: 20,000- 25,000ft (7-7.6 km).
    Heading: Southeast
    Colour: Colour: Dark at the bottom, otherwise light gray.
    Tephra fallout: Considerable in Vík ashfall began at 21h last night; ashfall reaches to ~55-60 km from eruption site, midway through Mýrdalssandur.
    Lightning: No detections today over the eruption site.
    Noises: No reports

    During the last 24 hours there have been no flash floods from Gígjökull measured at Markarfljótsbrú. Electrical conductivity has been decreasing and daily fluctuations in discharge and water temperature have been observed. The electrical conductivity in Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi which has been traced to ash contamination from the glacier is still quite high. An increase in discharge has been observed in rivers in the area around Mýrdals- and Eyjafjallajökull due to higher ambient temperature.

    Conditions at eruption site:
    The ash plume is lower now than yesterday. The wind affects the plume and ashfall is less. The cinder cone continues to build up around the eruption vent in the ice cauldron. The lava flow to the north has been stagnant past two days.

    Seismic tremor:
    Tremor levels are low, comparable to yesterday and the period on 14 – 17 April.

    Earthquakes are still being recorded at 5-13 km depth, but fewer than yesterday.

    GPS deformation:
    Measurements from around Eyjafjallajökull indicate no major net discplaceaments, suggesting a stabilization of the surface deformation since yesterday.

    Other remarks:
    Grainsize analysis of samples taken of ash that fell on May 3rd at 64 km distance from the eruption site shows that about 5 % of the ash is smaller than 10 micron (aerosols). This is a considerable decrease of fine particles compared to ash from April 15th (25% aerosols) sampled at a similar distance. The grain size analysis was carried out by Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands.

    Overall assessment:
    Explosive activity seems to have decreased since yesterday. The ash plume does not rise as high into the air and is lighter in colour. Steam rises from the lava tongue under Gígjökull which is a sign that ice is melting in the tunnel, but to a much lesser degree than when the lava flow was at its peak. There are no signs that the eruption is ending.

  82. #82 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @77,78 Was thinking I was just seeing things and didn’t want to add another post –
    also, if one scrolls through picasa, there are little water runs every so often both in river and from cleft.

  83. #83 Ruby
    May 7, 2010

    Thorolfsfelli cam not refreshing for me either and I wish they would turn auto focus off I am starting to get sore eyes and a sore head.

  84. #84 snotraviking, sweden
    May 7, 2010

    @53, if you´re not happy with 4:3 format you can choose stretching by right-click choice. Right-Click one time och stretcing alternative and the picture will change, click one more time and you´ll be given another choice, there are at least 4 different views.

  85. #85 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ hi Randall,

    hard to say, I actually think it was much quieter today but I’m flying by the seat of my pants on that one.

  86. #86 Doug McL
    May 7, 2010

    Subglacial volcanism! what a great subject, makes me want to go back to school.

    Eric, maybe you can arrange a Q&A session for Dr. Licciadi on your blog, like you have done before. I would like to know if the “split boulder” at the foot of the EJ glacier is actually the toe of an earlier subglacial lava flow. I can visually imagine a lava flow carving a channel down through the glacier, but then piling up at the bottom of the steep slope as is contact-cooled with the overlaying ice sheet. This would form a lava dam that would continue to inflate as fresh material entered it from higher up the slope. Eventually, it would cool and crack, allowing water erosion and frost ablation to form the big split we can see on the cameras, that until last week was the primary exit point for the melt water.

  87. #87 snotraviking, sweden
    May 7, 2010

    birdseye do you have the picasa link for todays photos, my link is missing, I´m sitting at another computer, and that one I didn´t memorise.

  88. #88 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    Has the lava flow just restarted? There is more steam at the upper part of the trench and a new hot spot higher up, but not where I think the explosive plume should be.

  89. #89 Evelyn Sweden
    May 7, 2010

    Help an amateur. Norway media seems to suggest that the eruption could get worse. Iceland experts say that the explosive activity is less. Tremors are down and EQ too. Is this the calm before the storm or is the volcano settling down?

  90. #90 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010
  91. #91 snotra viking, sweden
    May 7, 2010

    Check out the heat cam, it showing more hot spots in Gigjökull, maybe it´s melted a new hole in the ice.

  92. #92 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    #89: “Smile. Things can always get worse.” More seriously, no-one really knows. This eruption has driven Canon Cops to strong drink at least three times already — and I’ve just opened a beer.

  93. #93 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @snotraviking Looks about like it did early this am; line below plume is lava, I think, but it’s been there right along – two small hotspots below, ditto (is the upper small spot also lava, anyone, or just a steam vent?)

  94. #94 Chopin
    May 7, 2010

    Whoa! Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing on the Hvolsvelli cam? A new plume above the house on the left just opened up!

  95. #95 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Ok, so I’m having fun watching the Thorolfsfell cam now!

    You can see a wee bit of incandescence at the eruption site in the live pic, and on the FLIR cam, you can see it flaring out.

    Now to resize my screen so I can see both at once 🙂

  96. #96 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    Evelyn Sweden I would say no it’s not settling down anytime soon….if it did suddenly settle down right now….then I would get real worried…..but what do I know I’m just a caveman;)

  97. #97 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @94 that’s the thing I meant in 82- was watching it earlier on Mula cam. Lower level ash rolling left from plume? ? old steam getting more vigorous? more lava coming? dunno

  98. #98 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    beedragon Canada yeah looks like steam from the lava flow.

  99. #99 Birger Johansson
    May 7, 2010

    OT 1: Icelandic police have arrested one of the managers of Kaupthing Bank for some kind of shenagians -I assume no one would have noticed the crime unless the bank had collapsed and attracted the attention of the authorities.

    OT 2: Swedish television tend to pronounce the name as Ey-a fjat-la jö-kull, the third syllable seems wrong since the word is derived from “fjall”, mountain. Shall I go “angry geezer” on them and write a letter, or do they know something about Icelandic pronounciation that I don’t know ?

  100. #100 Chopin
    May 7, 2010

    Wow yeah, and another new little one is starting to the left of that.

  101. #101 kingbrilliant
    May 7, 2010

    #ninetyfour – looks like it – am trying to see if there is movement upward, but might be fooling myself..

  102. #102 sunday
    May 7, 2010

    94, 100, 101: If you mean those white puffs, they are the steam ascending from the front of the glacier. They could be seen also in Thoro.

  103. #103 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    they know something – ll comes out tl in Icelandic, (Icelanders out there – always?)

  104. #104 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    My fave volcano tune: holocaust.mod (AMIGA MODule file), 301,254 bytes, unknown author.

  105. #105 Robert Bordonaro
    May 7, 2010

    Our fiendish “E” volcano is showing off right now, along with 2 small steam plumes on the far left of the HVO web-cam, and a 30,000 foot plus main ash column, very beautiful.

  106. #106 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 7, 2010

    Re. the small steam plume to the left (on the Hvolsvöllur cam).

    I think scientists said yesterday or the day before that some of the meltwater has diverted and is flowing to the east.

  107. #107 kingbrilliant
    May 7, 2010

    aha – cheers one o two

  108. #108 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Randall, perhaps these words will help?

    For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
    With a pounding heart in his chest
    Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
    And ride to Valhalla of old

  109. #109 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    #103: Not always. Both ‘ll’ and ‘dl/tl’ exist. A word can change meaning depending on which pronunciation.

    Galli: (ga’dli) = fault. Galli (ga’lli) = overall, Gaul.

  110. #110 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    @Gina, It is a culture noise (by humans). Human made noise is different from earthquakes, and what I record also shows up on the IMO earthquake list in most cases.

    The ash plume is now dark and appears to be growing.

  111. #111 PeakVT
    May 7, 2010

    It would be nice to have a cam on the other side of the mountain. There’s a good quality cam on Vestmannaeyjar, but it only shows the town and harbor. It’s at

  112. #112 MaxM
    May 7, 2010

    Hmm…when did the small McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team ad appear at the bottom of Vodafone webcam page?

    Thanks for supporting them from an eager volcano watcher! 🙂

  113. #113 Chopin
    May 7, 2010

    Thanks all re: puffs on left side of Hvols. *cracks open a beer and pours whilst eyes remain fixed on computer screen*

  114. #114 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    @ Mike #80 re SO2 .. and I put you wrong I think!! lol

    credit should go to Paul Mathiasen I believe.

  115. #115 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    #112: It’s been there for quite a few days.

  116. #116 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    beedragon Canada it still looks like steam but you are right something strange is going on to the left.

    Henrik, Swe Yeah I think those words helped but I really don’t think the volcano liked the Icelandic Met assessment:)…..Anyone out there know how to say…”one should never dis an angry volcano” in Icelandic?

  117. #117 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    You can definitely spot the evening sun warning the hillsides on the TI. *burp* <takes a sip from the bottle>

  118. #118 Shelly
    May 7, 2010

    Re the small steam plume to the east on th Hvol cam, it is my understanding that the glacier down which the lava is flowing is in that direction..

  119. #119 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    “Enginn skyldi smána virkt (active) endfjall.”

  120. #120 bruce stout
    May 7, 2010

    I know its hard to believe but I shifted a lot of work today, Now I’m going to join Reynir, put my feet up and watch the Holli cam as sunset approaches… can someone explain to me why I get this feeling of deep peace and satisfaction watching tons of rock get blasted 30,000 feet into the air? Is it because I realize how miniscule we humans are? Is it the wine? The haikus? Whatever, it’s putting on a stunning show. I feel privileged to be able to watch.

  121. #121 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    OOOPSIE! Eldfjall, not endfjall. I gotta discipline mu fingers.

  122. #122 parclair NoCal USA
    May 7, 2010

    I think i’ve got the answer for the triangular purple area to the left of the tongue of the glacier- Thanks to everyone for thoughts and maps!!! (yeah, that’s a shout-out)

    On the fra-thorolfsfelli cam, to the left of giga appears to be a rocky spot, then another, smaller glacier tongue. it’s wide and the top, and seems to fall into a narrow canyon (as predicted by Gordon) I also think that Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson got it right on the river outflow location. What confused the issue is that the map show no glacier over the drip zone, but it’s there (maybe packed up from the winter– it is a shallow area on the topo). So the gentle coloring would be meltwater in a kind of wash.

    Thanks guys, you helped me once again:-D

  123. #123 snotraviking, sweden
    May 7, 2010

    @reynir, beer is good, but more fitting would be the icelandic vodka “Eldurís”, (I´m thinking about the Eyja-company of course). Is it icelandic beer?

  124. #124 Janet, TX
    May 7, 2010

    @120 Bruce: I get the same feeling. For me it’s the wonder of earth being alive. Watching the enormous purge does make one feel very small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

  125. #125 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    Randall (#116), one should never call a lady a girl before the honorific is outrageously dated. Like you say, Iceland Met seems oblivious to this fact. 😉

  126. #126 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 7, 2010

    #123: Yep. Jökull. It’s brewed in Stykkishólmur, not far from the glacier Snæfellsjökull. I generally favour Kaldi from N-Iceland, though. Skjálfti (Quake) or Lava from S-Iceland might’ve been more apt, but the milk shop didn’t have them.

  127. #127 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    FLIR cam looks like plume heat and lava heat merging????

  128. #128 Chopin
    May 7, 2010

    I could really go for an Olvisholt Brugghus right about now 😉

  129. #129 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    sorry, cam stuck on one image when I went elsewhere

  130. #130 snotra viking, sweden
    May 7, 2010

    In Sweden I doubt we have any beers with volcanic names, but we do have Svea Viking Mjöd from Three Towns Independent Brewers. I wouldn´t say no to an “old Engine Oil” either,

    “Old Engine Oil beer
    Harviestoun Brewery, UK

    A Scottish-style ale, Old Engine Oil has a dark color, almost like used engine oil and it is made by a former Ford worker, Ken Brooker.

    While the ale may look like old used oil, it definitely does not have an oily taste. It is very silky, like stout, with a tart citrus flavor and a hint of dark unsweetened chocolate. This beer would be a very good winter warmer or after-dinner brew.”

  131. #131 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 7, 2010

    You guys just enjoy your frosty beers, I’m taking two different kinds of antibiotics – one of which would make me very, very sick if I had a drink.

    Well, TGIF, enjoy!

  132. #132 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 7, 2010

    As if it wasn’t enough that one fifth of the inhabitants of the village Vík are evacuating because of the ash fall, they seem to be getting more, if the Hvolsvöllur cam is to go by.

    The sheep farmers daren’t let out, with the lambing season getting into swing.

  133. #133 Henrik, Swe
    May 7, 2010

    What a remarkable volcano she is! Tremor is low, as low as it has been since the main eruption started. According to Jón’s helicorders, harmonic tremor too is low (unless he has changed their sensitivity). Other indicators – inflation, meltwater – do not point to any great activity. In spite of this, our Lady Eyja has put on one of her great displays and, as far as visible sustained activity at a high level is concerned, perhaps the most prominent.

  134. #134 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @Reynir132 – and sheep don’t like to be closed in tight, they get pneumonia easily if so, thus, a double problem. Maybe in Iceland it would be easier to move a flock from one place to another, but here,I think too much chance of spreading disease for one farmer to help another that way, even if clean pasture were available.Would be interested to know what efforts are being made to help heavily-ashed farmers with animals.

  135. #135 motsfo
    May 7, 2010

    The Lake is back.


  136. #136 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @135 A trick of light again, I checked picasa – it’s also the camera focus..been doing that to confuse us and keep us entertained while the Lady goes out for more cigarettes…

  137. #137 Suw
    May 7, 2010

    @motsfo #135 I’m not sure it is. The view from Þórólfsfelli cam does look like the lake has reformed, but if you view the most recent Vodafone stills (or the cam if it works for you – doesn’t work for me right now) you can see in the close up that it’s not.


    I think this is another one of those numerous examples we’ve had of the camera telling little fibs.

    I must say, the new cam at Þórólfsfell does have better brightness than the Voda cam, and shows up the moraines and other details much better. It’s much easier to get a sense of how that valley really looks.

    I am, however, still a little confused by the left-hand steam plume on Hvolsvell cam, as it doesn’t look like there’s enough steam coming from the lava in Gigjökull to create a plume as high as the one on Hvolsvell… but again, the camera is probably fibbing again. 😉

  138. #138 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 7, 2010

    They are getting help from rescue units. Some members are sheep farmers themselves, or at least from farming families.

  139. #139 Shelly
    May 7, 2010

    @Suw, I think it is just the camera trying to trick you. lol take a look at the Mulacot, there is a low cloud hovering there..

  140. #140 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @HenrikSwe (old thread 189) Nice

  141. #141 mike don
    May 7, 2010

    Just getting my anniversary reminder in a few hours in advance: May 8, 1902 Montagne Pelee. Greatest death toll by direct volcanic activity in the historic record.

  142. #142 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 7, 2010

    #137: The angle between camera and sun is very likely a factor, as the apron cam shows a lot of steam, too.

    The view from the widescreen cam resembles a painting, it does.

  143. #143 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    I really hated to edit this but I was afraid it might be way too long to post the whole thing….it seemed to fit the situation. This is for all of you guys out there enjoying your volcano crack and contemplating the spiritual side of the volcano;)

    Nature, a Fragment

    Nature! We are surrounded and embraced by her — powerless to leave
    her and powerless to enter her more deeply. Unaksed and without
    warning she sweeps us away in the round of her dance and dances on
    until we fall exhausted from her arms.

    She brings forth ever new forms: what is there, never was; what was,
    never will return. All is new, and yet forever old.

    We live within her, and are strangers to her. She speaks perpetually
    with us, and does not betray her secret. We work on her constantly,
    and yet have no power over her.

    All her effort seems bent toward individuality, and she cares nothing
    for individuals. She builds always, destroys always, and her workshop
    is beyond our reach.

    She lives in countless children, and the mother — where is she?
    She is the sole artist, creating extreme contrast out of the simplest
    material, the greatest perfection seemingly without effort, the most
    definite clarity always veiled with a touch of softness. Each of her
    works has its own being, each of her phenomenon its separate idea,
    and yet all create a single whole.

    She plays out a drama: we know not whether she herself sees it,
    and yet she plays it for us, we who stand in the corner….

    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Nature, a Fragment

  144. #144 marko
    May 7, 2010

    @132: Maybe Eyjafjöll is not the main event but only acts as a “safety valve”, letting pressure off when something else gets blocked? Most tremor graphs along the rifting zones (roughly Kistufell-Eyjafjöll-Reykjanes) show almost identical features.

  145. #145 Gordys, MN USA
    May 7, 2010

    @Randall 143: Thanks Randall..Brandy and Mother is good.

  146. #146 Randall Nix
    May 7, 2010

    Gordys glad you liked it:)

  147. #147 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @144 I don’t have old maps for comparison but that whole zone made a nice string of beads this a.m. on the Met Office All-Iceland EQ map. Expect it’s usually so?

  148. #148 Gordys, MN USA
    May 7, 2010

    For those of you(such as myself), that are on the Gigjökull destruction watch, keep in mind, the viscosity of the lava that is now being erupted will not flow as well as did the lava erupted at the original eruption site at Fimmvörðuháls, or the first lava erupted at the present site. I am thinking that it will take much more volume of erupted material, and more time, before we see any lava at the bottom of the glacier…IF the eruption maintains it’s present state.
    There are some good links on this site.

  149. #149 marko
    May 7, 2010

    @147 Now it makes a nice string but it did not just some five-ten years ago. The middle of Iceland has sprung into life in the recent years. Check e.g. and tweak the url to get different years and weeks. There is data since about 1995.

    It looks like there is one main “fissure” along Eyjafjöll-Torfajökull-(Veidivötn)-Bardarbunga-Kistufell-Askja. They are almost exactly along a straight line. A parallel one is Katla-Grimsvötn-Kverkfjöll. Especially the Bardarbunga-Kistufell area is pertty active on the earthquake maps.

    It is a tad discomforting to have Eyjafjöll erupting at the other end of the ‘system’. These volcanoes have produced several large eruptions in just the recent centuries (e.g. Eldgja, Veidivötn, Lakagigar).

  150. #150 JB US
    May 7, 2010

    Plume full view – width/height

  151. #151 Leifur
    May 7, 2010

    did anyone see if the white car that just exited stage left had crossed the river (i.e. come from the main road)?

  152. #152 stigger
    May 7, 2010

    very nice action now @ the IR cam is beautiful to watch.

  153. #153 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 7, 2010

    @birdseyeUSA #134: I heard from friends, where the parents are sheep-farmers as well, that farmers actually don’t like to move their herds, because there are some cases of scrapie reported. And the south is so far unaffected. Sounds like choosing between pest and cholera.

  154. #154 MadScientist
    May 7, 2010

    @kultsi#42: My guess would be ‘yes’. It’s easy to set up a web cam; it takes a lot more time and money to set up so that it’s nice and stable. It may be wind gusts making the camera vibrate.

  155. #155 Shelly
    May 7, 2010

    Wow!! How high do you recon the plume is right now?

  156. #156 cristihan, RO
    May 7, 2010

    @Shelly, 155, I don’t think it’s very high, the camera from here is pretty far away and the plume doesn’t seem to be much higher than the mountain… My question now: is it just me, or is the ash coming down very fast after being expeled? Does this mean it’s very dense/heavy?

  157. #157 parclair NoCal USA
    May 7, 2010

    @randall Thnx for the poem. I like dancing with nature. 😀

  158. #158 stigger
    May 7, 2010

    #156: I think that the particulate size has increased (between 5 and 10 microns), so therefore >density and quicker to fall to Earth given the current explosivity. This could change.

  159. #159 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    @Chris153 That’s what I wondered about, i used to have a few sheep. The ash will do no good for any fleece sales, let alone anything else, but I wonder how many sheep are in he (present) ash district.

  160. #160 Gordon
    May 7, 2010

    I am geting fantastic picture of plume from Mulakot cam just now, and pairing it with the heat image camera at Thorolfsfelli which gives a great idea of the activity at the base of the plume.

    Can any anyone advise how to take screenshot from Mila cams, Adobe website says to right click, but that’s not giving me the option.

  161. #161 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    Based on previous web cam views that were similar I would guess 25 to 30,000 feet. The mountain is about 5,500 feet for reference.

  162. #162 cristihan, RO
    May 7, 2010

    @161 – look at the 3td image from It’s clearly not that high (it should be out off the image for 25-30k)

  163. #163 PeakVT
    May 7, 2010

    @ Gordon – you can always type ALT+Prt_Scr and then crop the picture after pasting it into MSPaint. I use a program called MWSnap, which can focus on individual screen elements, which is handy.

    My guess is the ash column is 12-14,000 feet right now.

  164. #164 Shelly
    May 7, 2010

    OK! Who sneezed on the Þórólfsfell cam? 🙂

  165. #165 Robert Bordonaro
    May 7, 2010

    Looks like a nice steady stream near 18-20,000 feet. Our “E” volcano is taking a brief break from her 35,000 feet plume explosions. With yesterday’s deep quakes, I am sure she has PLENTY more ash/steam and magma to throw our way.

  166. #166 Deborah
    May 7, 2010

    I think it was that guy that walked past about 30 minutes ago.;)

  167. #167 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    If anyone’s on a Mac, Command Shift 4 gives you crosshairs to drag and will when released put a .png on your desktop which can be be printed directly or whatever.

  168. #168 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 7, 2010

    @birdseyeUSA #159: There are quite a lot of sheep, since the south of Iceland has a lot of farms. Its reatively warm there, so the conditions for farming are good.

  169. #169 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    Lava can be seen from the crater now on Hvolvöllur!

  170. #170 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    Yay! Fireworks!

  171. #172 Gordon
    May 7, 2010

    Thorolfsfelli heat cam has been showing a hot spot moving down Gigsjokull for about 5-10 minutes. Currently stationary about half way to break of slope and varying in intensity with possible plume coming off it. Visibility very poor on normal camera. Lava flow?

    There now appears to be a second and less intense hot spot further down on same line.

  172. #173 Shelly
    May 7, 2010

    @PeakVT… I too was wonderinghow to grab a screen shot.. Just downloaded a MWSnap programme and it works great.. Thanks!

  173. #174 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Strombolian eruptions also on vodafone webcam.

  174. #175 Fireman
    May 7, 2010

    Grrrr try again:

  175. #176 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    Hope all the fog doesn’t cover the Lady. Not now!

  176. #177 beedragon Canada
    May 7, 2010

    Anyone who still has sneeze-view on the Thorolfsfell cam, just reload your page… good stuff to look at right now!

  177. #178 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    Lava on Þórólfsföllur cam!

  178. #179 Gordon
    May 7, 2010

    @PeakVT I just used Alt-Prt Scn to Paint.Does the job just fine. Thanks a lot.

  179. #180 Kyle
    May 7, 2010

    Heavy heavy ash fall on the Hvolsvollur cam now.

  180. #181 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    Yep.. pretty extreme case of strombolian activity….

    Is it even possible for such a silicic lava (61,5% SiO2, that’s quite something!) to form a lava flow, or are we witnessing the start of a dome-growth episode?

    On Hvol’s webcam, the plume is very high, guesstimate >8km high…(top of the frame)

  181. #182 Robert Bordonaro Arlington, TX
    May 7, 2010

    WOW, the Evo cam is covered in dense ash, “E” has snapped a twig, I pray and hope the folks around her are going to be safe, absolutely amazing.

  182. #183 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    Judging by the height of the mountain, I guesstimate lava fountaining/splattering to go more than 1km up in the air, that’s very intense..
    I had no idea such a silicic lava could erupt in that way….

    Ordinary dacitic lava erupts at about 850-900°C, and is extremely viscous. Is a much hotter, but still dacitic magma in a range of viscosity comparable to low-Si basaltic andesite, something, that would be capable of erupting in a Strombolian way?

  183. #184 Robert Bordonaro Arlington, TX
    May 7, 2010

    The EVO cam cleared slightly, for a few frames, that ash cloud, though fairly visible was at the top of the screen, close to 20,000+ feet for the moment. Of course, EVO is shrouded once again.

  184. #185 Doc
    May 7, 2010

    Is there an exact name for the type of volcano Ej is? Iceland is part of the mid Atlantic ridge. It seems to me that this is only the beginning of further spreading of the plates. The only question is how long before it really goes.

  185. #186 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    I think the exact name tonight might be “mac daddy Volcano master”

  186. #187 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    I’ve never seen something like that… huge spattering, clots of lava probably dozens of metres wide based on eruptive vents size… that’s really impressive…

    I’ve come upon something that frightened me a bit… Last eruption was in fact quite similar, albeit on a much smaller scale…..

    Last eruption produced intermediate to silicic tephra for 2 years long… then as the eruption stopped, Katla went off big time.

    My guess (very unscientific) is that nothing will happen at Katla as soon as Eyjaf is still erupting. Then, as Eyjaf will start deflating when the magma chamber will be exhausted, the resulting seismic activity could well stir up Katla’s innards just enough to make it go.

    Think of Eyjaf as “Katla’s Indicator”….

  187. #188 Volcanoman
    May 7, 2010

    How big is this eruption on the VEI scale now, a 3?

  188. #189 Volcanophile
    May 7, 2010

    Based on what it did at the beginning of the eruption, it’s already way past VEI 3, and heading its way into VEI 4….

    At least 0.14 km3 of material has been erupted in the first days only… not counting what’s belching out now. That’s pretty repectable.

  189. #190 Volcanoman
    May 7, 2010

    Ok, thanks for that Volcanophile

  190. #191 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    @189 Volc.
    What is your reference for the scale of this eruption?

    “At least 0.14 km3 of material has been erupted”.

    I just want to read it. I am a big fan of the VEI

  191. #192 Volcanoman
    May 7, 2010

    Wikipedia already classifies this eruption as a 4 and Wikipedia is TRUTH 🙂

  192. #193 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    More tricks of light or else something very odd on left side of Hvol cam just now – must be cars in the – seem to all be behind the hill

  193. #194 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    I don’t think that’s ash falling at Hvolsvöllur. (Is that what y’all mean by EVO?) The plume was heading southish, last I saw. Probably just fog.

    Oh, and Doc, the plates are always in motion and the MAR always spreading. Europe and the U.S. get approx an inch further apart every year. And there are several types of volcanoes in Iceland.

  194. #195 Dan, Florida
    May 7, 2010

    @193 It’s cars. The road starts from the left, goes right towards the house then turns back left.

  195. #196 parclair, NoCal USA
    May 7, 2010

    I can see glimmer on the thorolfsfelli cam. I don’t think it’s going to be dark at night any more. pretty soon there will be no ‘twilight’ fireworks ;(

  196. #197 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    Currently the ash cloud only comes from one vent it seems. But I fear that a new vent might open up any time if the magma gets powerful enough inside the volcano. With new influx of magma that might well happen soon.

    When that happens, we are going to see a monster of a ash cloud. At least that is what I fear is going to happen.

  197. #198 Passerby
    May 7, 2010

    Quiet word to the IES folks: would be a good idea to fly recon to estimate ash-induced change in Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajokull icecap surface albedo, to be matched against rise in meltwater Q data.

    Would also be nice to know how much the local water table is rising in response to Eyjaf meltwater infiltration (wrt pore pressure, particularly on the N-S axis running through Fimm).

    Shocking visual change in Gigjokull outlet glacier since I last looked in here a week ago.

  198. #199 Passerby
    May 7, 2010

    >But I fear that a new vent might open up any time if the magma gets powerful enough inside the volcano. With new influx of magma that might well happen soon.

    No. Seismic activity is back to baseline.

  199. #200 Dasnowskier
    May 7, 2010

    1 3.0 quake starting a well placed swarm and what Jon fears is a reality in only a few hours.
    This is a vigorous eruption with complicated yet not well documented plumbing.

  200. #201 birdseyeUSA
    May 7, 2010

    handing over to the night watch – hope you are all wrong – may you and Iceland have a quiet night, hopefully not in comparison to what might yet be.

  201. #202 Passerby
    May 7, 2010

    No, this is a deep push of magma, not surficial magma flow seeking a new path to surface.

    IES knows the clues/pattern by now.

  202. #203 Jón Frímann
    May 7, 2010

    @Passerby, That does not matter. A new swarm can start without warning. There also might not be a earthquake swarm in the case of a new vent opening up. But that is a wait and see type of thing. It cannot be predicted in any way.

    The current vent is getting smaller due to build-up of material around it. That can be noted by the drop in tremor plots I think, due to less flow to the current vent. Currently the GPS data show that there is little to none deflation going on in Eyjafjallajökull. Some inflation has happened, and with the deep earthquakes (~30km). This is a bad mixture for a erupting volcano in my opinion.

  203. #204 Renato I Silveira
    May 7, 2010

    While darkness and fog stopped our “gazing at fireworks activity”, I went through the first posts on Eyjaföll (March,4). It’s funny to see how unpredictable those wonders of nature may be:
    (…)”This would also suggest that magma might be entering the upper echelons of Eyjafjallajökull’s magmatic system. UPDATE: It appears that the Icelandic Met Office doesn’t think this is leading to an eruption (Thanks to Orri with help on the translation).”

  204. #205 Holger, N California
    May 7, 2010

    @birdseye #201

    Night watch here from the left coast. But not much to see on the various web cams tonight. I guess it’s a foggy one again…

  205. #206 Ragutis
    May 7, 2010

    Blech… fog. But it is supposed to become sunny, so I guess we just have to be patient and give it a chance to blow away or burn off.

  206. #207 Helen Leggatt
    May 8, 2010

    Night watch here, too, from the southern hemisphere. However, I get a server error when I try to watch the Mila cams and Voda not loading so I’m not much use right now!!

  207. #208 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    Helen, try again, starting from and selecting the cam you want; they’ve rearranged the URLs and the old ones don’t work!


  208. #209 motsfo
    May 8, 2010

    Thanks to everyone who kindly corrected this old lady
    when she thought she saw “the lake” back.
    Didn’t have time to comment earlier.
    This is a wonderful board full of wonderful people;
    And those of You who are not wonderful, i know Your mom.


  209. #210 Holger, N California
    May 8, 2010

    Hi motsfo #209,

    I looked at the webcam when you posted that comment and it looked like it had returned.

    It sure is a great show, when there is no fog (like now). Definitely better than what’s on TV tonight… 😉

  210. #211 Helen Leggatt
    May 8, 2010

    @ Mike – huge thanks 🙂 cams back online!

  211. #212 Chopin
    May 8, 2010

    Coupla earthquakes in the SW during the past hour:

  212. #213 d9tRotterdam
    May 8, 2010

    Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption 7 May 2010
    Time lapse webcam film from yesterday evening:

  213. #214 Randall Nix
    May 8, 2010

    d9tRotterdam that was cool…thanks for posting the video!

    parclair NoCal USA glad you liked the Goethe poem!

  214. #215 Philipp - Austria
    May 8, 2010

    another time-lapse from yesterday:

  215. #216 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    Thanks d9tRotterdam, for that video.

    I had to go to bet in time, so I missed the fireworks…

  216. #217 Randall Nix
    May 8, 2010

    It’s back!

  217. #218 Bill.G
    May 8, 2010

    Doesn’t seem to have let up much since last visable. I noticed that the ash advisories had been extended…wonder how much further they will be extended….

  218. #219 Ragutis
    May 8, 2010

    Saw the top of the ash plume on the Vodafone cam. Height and volume still look impressive.

  219. #220 Helen Leggatt
    May 8, 2010

    Let’s play “spot the arch”…

  220. #221 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    They’ve fixed the Thorolfsfell camera’s auto focus problem. Looks good now.

  221. #222 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    Naah, I was too hasty. When the fog cleared more, the problem was back.

  222. #223 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    The Vodafone camera is better, good and clear view.
    I have the Flir and the vodafone beside each other and get so e good impression of the eruption.

  223. #224 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    The Vodafone wide view is quite dark and the close-up would be better if it showed a larger area. I do agree that the picture quality is excellent and the resolution is better.

  224. #225 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    >The Vodafone wide view is quite dark and the close-up would be better if it showed a larger area. < you're right about that. But the ideal is probably difficult to get and I'm happy we can see as much as we can at the moment.

  225. #226 Julie
    May 8, 2010

    They have just announced on the BBC website that 15 airports in Northern Spain are closing due to the ash cloud.

  226. #227 Henrik, Swe
    May 8, 2010

    Umm, there are signs that tell me we should start to familiarise ourselves with the “Ten Web-cams of Etna”. 😉

  227. #228 Lena
    May 8, 2010

    @227 oj, what signs? Do u have some links or tell me 😉

  228. #229 Helen Leggatt
    May 8, 2010

    Henrik – what signs?!

  229. #230 Raving
    May 8, 2010

    Interesting risk assessment that seems to emphasize what is known and disregard the less obvious.

    Willis List of Europe’s 10 Most Dangerous volcanoes

  230. #231 Billl.G
    May 8, 2010

    or a volcano could erupt in Greece and improve Europes economy by 24 bilion Euros….

  231. #232 AndrewWH
    May 8, 2010

    Hi, been lurking and learning for some time now. I would like to say how much I am enjoying this blog; loads of information.

    Has anyone else spotted that small stream of steam just above the rock fissure in the Vodacam view? I first saw it about ten minutes ago.

  232. #233 Kaboom
    May 8, 2010

    #231 lol.. cheeky but i like the way you think.

  233. #234 beedragon Canada
    May 8, 2010

    2 little earthquakes this morning – first in over 18 hours (3.9 and 9.7 km depth)

  234. #235 Volcanophile
    May 8, 2010


    In fact, there is one… Santorini 😉

    If it too started to erupt in a gentle, Strombolian fashion (as it did a lot of times in the beginning of 20th century), it could attract even more tourists into this already touristic island……. and given the panorama you have from Thera island, tthe view would be awesome…
    (the active volcano is on the middle right, the flat shield in the middle of the caldera, Nea Kameni..
    Yeah.. tourists… good for the economy!

    Ah.. that’s not what you meant? 😉

  235. #236 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    #AndrewWH #232 Welcome to the conversation!

    Yes, there has been steam rising from that spot for a while now. There’s a lava flow from the crater down towards Gigjökull and hot meltwater too, both of which are producing steam. It’s much more easily seen on the timelapse videos, e.g.

  236. #237 Mr. Moho
    May 8, 2010

    I have noticed three things in the last hour or so:

    – Some earthquakes occurred
    – From the FLIR camera the ash plume appears to have a higher temperature than usual (since the camera was installed).
    – Tremor activity is getting more “jumpy”

    Could these things be all connected? Likely yes in my opinion.

  237. #238 AndrewWH
    May 8, 2010

    @ Suw 235 Thanks for the welcome.

    Having checked the timelapse I can see it was then producing a much more vigorous plume. The steam seems to have died off somewhat since yesterday, though, and with the subtle changes in topography it made it look further down the slope than before.

  238. #239 PeakVT
    May 8, 2010

    A clear view in every camera! Even the cameras have a good image. The ash from Eyjafjöll has turned the Mýrdalsjökull almost black.

  239. #240 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    I’ve just done something I’ve been wanting to do since they set the FLIR camera up, which is to take screenshots of both cams and then superimpose the FLIR image, properly scaled, on the normal image to get a better idea of where the lava is.

    The result is here:

  240. #241 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    *grmbl* Massive blackout up here last night. Took out W-, N and E-Iceland. Good thing it took only about two hours to fully restart the grid.

  241. #242 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Good day everyone I missed the fireworks last night so glad for the timelapse video, there seems to be alot more meltwater today compared to yesterday.

  242. #243 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    Welcome Andrew.

    Suw that was a great idea of yours. 😀

  243. #244 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    #241 Ruby, a sunny day in summer, glaciers weep.

  244. #245 Susan/TX
    May 8, 2010

    Many thanks for the YouTube timelapse–stunning. Also huge hx to the many on this board who share your knowledge & experience. Watching this eruption and learning from you is enormously enriching: illustrated real-time course in volcanology.

  245. #246 Tom Tyndall
    May 8, 2010

    Reynir how are things now in your area? We pray for you all.

  246. #247 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Suw thanks for that it had crossed my mind that if we could compare them this way it would be fantastic but alas I am hopeless with anything like that it is well done to you

  247. #248 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    You can spot the occasional bit of falling ash on the Katla cam. Mýrdalur, which is nearby, is hard hit by ash fall. The village Vík saw 300 micrograms per cubic metre this morning. The danger limit is currently set a 50 µg/cm³.

  248. #249 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    @Holger(The Dane?) 205 tak for det.
    Had to miss the fireworks last night, so, many thanks for the time lapse, ditto the FLIR superimposition. Reynir and all in your area, we’re with you.

  249. #250 Kaboom
    May 8, 2010

    Huge spike in harmonics in the last few minutes.

  250. #251 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    #247 Reynir, this does not compute, not in my head at least.

    If the ash fall was 300 µg/m³, that’s next to nothing; if it was µg/cm³, then wow! 300 grams of the stuff in every cubic metre of air.

  251. #252 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    @suw: 239 – great! THank you for the work you put into that picture.

    I have the inpression that a lot of ash is falling – I hope that the inhabitants of Vik are safe…

    Hear just now that in Spain and south of France airports are closed because of the ash.

  252. #253 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Odd as it may sound, these were the numbers in the RUV news bulletin. Civil Defence quoted yesterday’s 24-hour average at 418 µg/m³.

  253. #254 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Any case, it’s a sunny day here, so I’ve tossed my pillow and comforter out on the lawn. 😀

  254. #255 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Another mobile phone addict waving at cam

  255. #256 sunday
    May 8, 2010

    According to the FLIR picture, that dude waving in front of the Thoro cameras is on fire!

  256. #257 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    According to some tech brochures I grabbed from FLIR’s website, 30°C close by can look hotter than 1000°C far off.

  257. #258 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    Go AWAY, Alpha Hotel! At least his presence confirmed that the problem with the camera is, indeed, auto focus.

    I’ve 13 pictures of these doods dancing in front of the cameras; can you think of a very public forum where to publish them? A Facebook group dedicated for the purpose?

  258. #259 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Old saying: “That cirrus hues me not.”

  259. #260 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    wonder if he little plane on the Mula cam is going up to take pictures? gives a nice scale…

  260. #261 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Talking of Múlakot… The ash plume is pushed straight away from the airstrip, and there seems to be a steam plume to the right. Looks like it isn’t idle guesswork that lava might be running south.

  261. #262 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    Anyone else feeling rather jealous of the guy sitting watching? How I wish it was me!

  262. #263 bill.g
    May 8, 2010

    yes…your arse does look big in those shorts….

  263. #264 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    I probably missed it somewhere earlier, but is there a way to locate the current eruption site on that good map from yesterday? I imagine it as being just behind the ridge we see from the cameras, but where is it really?

  264. #265 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Ya noted the horizontal blue veil that appears about the same height as the base of the plume? It’s more visible on the Vodafone cam than on Míla’s cam

  265. #266 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    @Reynir I think it’s too dark to be steam, probably the ash tail turning more to the south, say, after crossing Myrdalsjökull?

  266. #267 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    #264 I too have noticed that,, falling ash??

  267. #268 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Not ash. Too blue. Thin blue veil above Gígjökull to the peak east of the tongue.

  268. #269 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    RE: 260 So where do the new cameras have to go if that is the case ?? ; )

  269. #270 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    *grmbl* Looks like it’s gone now.

  270. #271 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    >Massive blackout up here last night.

    Reynir, was the cause of the massive power outage last night determined?

  271. #272 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    The Mila visual cam feed runs about eight minutes behind the real time…

    And the AH is going nowhere, looks like he’s going to camp there… Ah, now he left – after more than an hour on all cameras. He went downhill, so he may try drowning next.

  272. #273 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Sure wish I had a good radar map of the glacier. Any case, I’d guess that Steinafjall and Raufarfell were worth looking at as observation posts.

  273. #274 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #270: ATM they think it was a cascade beginning at a switching station at Brennimelur in Hvalfjörður that got hit by a surge due to an electrical fault at a smeltery in the area.

    SE-, S- and SW-Iceland (from Hornafjörður in the east to Reykjavík) were scant or not affected.

  274. #275 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Heh. At least three small planes visiting Múlakot.

  275. #276 beedragon Canada
    May 8, 2010

    Not exactly a swarm, but 2 more earthquakes – that’s 4 this morning so far.

  276. #277 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Uha-da! Steam ahoy! near the tip of Gígjökull.

  277. #278 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    #276 I wonder if those last two quakes released a stream of magma? Well soon know for sure..

  278. #279 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #277: Possible. Looks like on the flir that the eyes in the glacier are warming up.

  279. #280 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    especcially the top one looks very hot…

  280. #281 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    Reynir, It looks like your ‘blue veil’ is back.. Gas, fumes??

  281. #282 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    Could we get an update from the professionals as to the status of the eruption? Maybe a new thread? It seems like MET is awfully quiet this time. No wonder with the beating they took over their last ash warnings. I personally believe they were right in issuing what they did. I back them up completely and I think everybody here should as well. They need a giant pat on the back for having the balls to say what they feel is correct. I just hope they don’t stop now. From this, it looks like the ash is headed towards North America.

    It also seems to me that this is getting much worse than when it first started (the 2nd time) Does anybody else see it this way?

  282. #283 mlewchuk
    May 8, 2010

    Does anyone know where I can get a pre-eruption image of the volcano from about the same location as the Þórólfsfell webcam?

    I teach a High school Earth Science class and I want to show my students the change in the glacier.


  283. #284 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #280: My guess, too. If you backtrack the Vodafone cam to 13:56, it should be very visible.

    OT: I spotted a pair of jets flying in parallel at altitide. Wonder if the A380 is out playing.

  284. #285 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    @281Doc that is a great animation, thanks!

  285. #286 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #282: I think that the IceMetOffice may have one. I’m quite certain I saw one of their pages sport such an image.

  286. #287 beedragon Canada
    May 8, 2010


    On the vodafone webcam page, you can back up the image to the date and time of your choice. They also have their images archived in picasa.

  287. #288 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    @ mlewchuk – I have a VERY high resolution image of the glacier here:

    Will take a few mins to download. Was taken whilst the Fimmvorduhals eruption was in progress, but before the summit eruption started.

  288. #289 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    Here is another good one which, I believe, clearly shows that the situation is getting worse, not better, or even the same.

    Could someone please post a link to the subharmonic tremors related to Ej?

    After nightfall, or in low visibility, it seems the only way to monitor activity is through satellite imagery or through seismographs, especially so with the sub harmonics.

  289. #290 parclair NoCal
    May 8, 2010

    @282 Here are a few links I kept:!/photo.php?pid=31002053&id=1528659644&l=1ee32e63fe&fbid=1387553618727




    I’m pretty sure Fireman had a really good shot of the Gigjokull in spring with a lovely lake, unfortunately, I didn’t bookmark.

  290. #291 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    looks like vodacam is exhausted here – so I’ll be seeing anything interesting after you all do, on picasa or with Thorocam’s delay…rrrrr….

  291. #292 parclair NoCal
    May 8, 2010

    @282 There will be a post by me with links that I kept. It got hung up in moderation. I mention Fireman– I see he already posted his picture, which I will add to my links.

  292. #293 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    At the bottom of this page,

    there are two images of Gígjökull. The lower was shot on September 11th, 1992; the upper on March 30th, 2010.

    #288: @Doc, the TI on Þórólfsfell is another way of watching the volcano during low night.

  293. #294 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    I have seen this question asked here several times but do not recall an answer. Does anybody have access to the latest analysis of the toxic gases being released from this eruption? I am particularly interested in the amount of fluorine. If it doesn’t seem important then look at this.

    Large parts of India suffer from this, as do other parts of the world. I believe their drinking water is being contaminated from living on top of the Deccan Traps and getting their drinking water from there. Anybody know more about this? There are other traps as well and I’m almost sure they have this problem as well.

  294. #295 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #292: The Earth Sciences Institute does handle ash analyses, but I do not know if they do air analyses.

  295. #296 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    #293 – Thanks for the link. From what I see in this the ash and the meltwater are both toxic. I thought so but I guess this isn’t unusual for this type of eruption. The article also states that the finer the ash and the further away from the eruption site, the more concentrated it will be. Not good news at all as any concentration > 2 ppm is considered bad. How come all of the silence on this?

    Soluble fluoride on ash surface: mg F pr. kg ash (ppm).
    1. (pH 6.45) Fluoride 92 ppm (Leached in the laboratory. Fluoride and pH of leachate measured in the laboratory).
    2. (pH 5.66) Fluoride 112 ppm (Fluoride and pH measured in meltwaer).
    3. (pH 5.55) Fluoride 112 ppm (Fluoride and pH measured in meltwaer).

  296. #297 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    @Doc AFAIK, the Icelandic people are well aware of the danger – they’ve lost enough people & livestock to fluoride poisoning before.

  297. #298 M. Randolph Kruger
    May 8, 2010

    Doc-So far there have only been analysis of the water/soils and that goes all the way back to April 2 so its out of date. There are high levels of chromium, flourides, obviously acids.

    There are also indications of Cesium in the samplings.

    Problem with air samplings is that this isnt rocket science, but you might need one to get a sample or two. Sounding rockets were used in the past to get the real information because its mostly evolving as it comes out of the hole. Compounds of this and that, lots of oxides, pure minerals and metals. Primordial base type of concepts. I have always found it interesting that around volcanoes that so many new species develop. But for now the EU says the air is safe… Like there was something that could be done about it.

    Here is a link with papers….

  298. #299 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #294: One of those Everybody Knows things, I guess. Plenty of evidence in Iceland’s past, so little need to talk.

  299. #300 Magnus D
    May 8, 2010

    Can anyone remember the link to where you could see EQs in 3D (location plot with depths)?

  300. #301 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    #295 – I’m sure that they are aware of the danger, but this is not just an Icelandic problem anymore. Just like The problem in Greece is no longer just there, or the mile deep oil spill in the gulf. These are much larger than just local problems.

  301. #302 Suw
    May 8, 2010
  302. #303 Magnus D
    May 8, 2010

    @Suw #300 yep, that’s the one. Thx!

  303. #304 Raving
    May 8, 2010

    #299 Doc

    Yeah, but you can’t blame humanity for fluoride poisoning caused by volcanoes and you can blame humanity for eradicating smallpox.

  304. #305 Diane N CA USA
    May 8, 2010

    @SUW #239 thank you for putting the two pics together. That really shows where things are and what is going on.

    Well it is almost 10:00am here in CA and I am enjoying the view! We can actually see something!

    Randall, I liked the poem, too.

    I will have to keep catching up with everything. Sometimes I find there will be over 100 new posts overnight! LOL I enjoy it, though. Ithink I will get back to reading again.

  305. #306 Leifur
    May 8, 2010

    Well, I’m off to Þórólfsfell – if everything goes as planned I’ll be making a fool of myself in front of the camera in three hours or so. Please keep the clouds away in the meantime ….

  306. #307 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    #299 It is not a global problem, from this eruption, not even a problem to any countries in which the air traffic was affected by the eruption. The ash is much too dispersed elsewhere to cause fluoride problems.

  307. #308 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    FYI, Smallpox has not been eradicated. I can blame humanity for not being better prepared to deal with disasters. When we spend all of our money on wars and other useless bullshit, I can point a finger. We all should. There may be nothing that can be done about this but there is room for improvement. Look at the way MET was treated for trying to save lives. I guess people care more about convenience than safety. For the most part, humanity seems like it is not much better off than in the stone age.

  308. #309 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    Don’t forget your Hi sign Leifur. 🙂 Will watch out for you..

  309. #310 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    @304 Leifur I am sooo jealous I shall be waving at you I know you won’t see me but it is the though that counts. I hope you have you cardboard with you to hold up saying Hello to all science bloggers written on it 🙂

  310. #311 beedragon Canada
    May 8, 2010

    @Leifur Count me among the jealous ones! Have fun and get some great pics. Fingers crossed that the clouds stay away.

  311. #312 Summer, Canada
    May 8, 2010

    @Leifur. Me three. You now officially have a fan club around the world. Leifur the Lucky.

  312. #313 Scott, sg
    May 8, 2010

    My only question about the flouride, assuming it becomes a large enough problem…what exactly should be done? It would be in the water, food everywhere. Wearing a mask would make no real difference. On a local scale there are solutions. On a Europe or larger scale…400 million or so people cannot move away, stop eating, drinking. Although I suppose stop breathing is the ultimate option.

    I think humans have forgotten just how intertwined we are with nature. At least in western/developed countries. To dredge up some vague medieval latin memory from the plague times.

    Memento Morte

    Remember Death. Which I guess really means, that some things there is nothing you can do about…Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…

  313. #314 Jon
    May 8, 2010

    #306 … I think you are right Doc … we as a species seem to think we are invincible and that the quirks of nature are just a minor nuisance, not realizing that in the long term we are heading the way of the dinosaurs … c’est la vie 🙂

  314. #315 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Technological giants, moral pygmies… Wasn’t it Gen. Omar Bradley?

  315. #316 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    from Gislio on Twitter – ashfall in town of Vik

  316. #317 Holger, N California
    May 8, 2010

    @Birdseye #248

    Not Danish, the background is German – but they’ve permanently admitted me to the US now.

    Glad to see the fog is gone – for now that is. Finally, we’re getting our fix of volcano footage again. I’m keeping the webcams running while attend a few meetings today….

  317. #318 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    @313 Birdseye I feel for the people living there imagine the clean up involved make me tired just thinking about it

  318. #319 Raving
    May 8, 2010

    Reynir, you must be referring to Gen. Short who didn’t see it coming. Not up to Iceland’s tall standard I expect.

  319. #320 Volcanoman
    May 8, 2010

    The lavaflow is cleary visible in this pic from NASA:

  320. #321 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #316: I’m quite certain I saw this statement (“We are Technological giants and moral pygmies”) first attributed to Gen. Bradley.

  321. #322 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Volcanoman thanks for that good pictures

  322. #323 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    @#287 Fireman, thx for the link! An excellent picture – which shows there is a giant lying in the glacier: his face is showing at the top right…

  323. #324 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    @317 volcanoman -great pic! helps show the real extent.

  324. #325 Peter Cobbold
    May 8, 2010

    @Henrik, Bruce. I wonder if they recorded EQ rate oscillations?:

  325. #326 Benjamin Franz
    May 8, 2010

    @Reynir: The quote and close variations of it are variously attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein and Omar Bradley. I wouldn’t be surprised if none of them actually said it.

  326. #327 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #323: I saw it attributed to Einstein later than to Bradley. First mention I’ve seen of King, though.

  327. #328 AndrewWH
    May 8, 2010

    I wonder if there is an easily accessible Autofocus-Off switch on the back of the Þórólfsfell Mila cam that Leifur can throw? That camera has genuinely given me a headache.

  328. #329 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Radio report: Plume up to 5km alt. Crater building up. Little or no lava flow. Still high levels of fine ash in Vík (well above health safety limits.

  329. #330 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 8, 2010

    My laws of physics awareness is really not what it ought to be.

    Somehow I’d imagined that the lava would eventually emerge from under Gígjökull. But somebody pointed out to me that there’s no way lava will flow in an ice tunnel. The melting point is really high (of course) and it doesn’t actually take much water or ice to halt or slow down the progress of a lava flow.

    For the lava to get to Markarfljót it will have to cut a wide canal all the way. It’s extremely unlikely that will happen, seems to me.

    PS Apparently lava sometimes flows OVER glacial ice (happens very rarely though). In those instances there’s a thick insulating tephra layer underneath.

  330. #331 Benjamin Franz
    May 8, 2010

    @Reynir: After some digging, the reason the quotation is so conflicted as to source is because it is a mis-quote.This is the original as near as I can tell:

    “The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”
    Omar Bradley in a speech on Nov. 11 1948.

  331. #332 Raving
    May 8, 2010

    @Reynir Lol. Seems that Bradley said as much by similar words many times over.

  332. #333 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    #328: Ah. Not the first time such happens. Won’t be the last time, either.

  333. #334 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    And then there is all the cross-fertilisation: “… {nuclear,technological,scientific} giants {and,but} {moral,ethical} {infants,pygmies}”.

  334. #335 AndrewWH
    May 8, 2010

    If I have seen further, it is because I am standing on the shoulders of (somewhat repetitive) giants.

  335. #336 kere
    May 8, 2010

    It is only me who experience that the image constant freezes on Þórólfsfelli after they install this new camera?
    I have to reload, but after a short while, the picture freeze a again.

  336. #337 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Also, one Duncan Williams claims to have used my first phrasing in a book named “Trousered Apes”. Quite possible that one was an Einstein original. Haven’t read much by him.

  337. #338 PeakVT
    May 8, 2010

    Míla really needs to turn off the autofocus. Not only is it annoying to us, each reset causes a burst of extra traffic on Míla’s network.

    But I still appreciate that they made the cameras available. Thanks!

  338. #339 Holger, N California
    May 8, 2010

    @kere #333

    Yes, it happens to me as well. But a few weeks the webcams were offline for people outside of Iceland completely, therefore I’m not complaining about this little inconvenience. I’m just happy to get my fix of live volcano pictures….

  339. #340 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Kere no not only you, I am constantly having to reload page it is so frustrating and I also agree with AndrewWH I get headaches and sore eyes as I have mentioned in a previous post

  340. #341 Dasnowskier
    May 8, 2010

    5.0 in So-cal near the 7.2 in Mex a few weeks back.

  341. #342 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    I should have mentioned that I am also really grateful to Mila without whom I would not be able to watch this wonderful Volcano, it has been a real experience for me, this is the first time I have been able to keep a daily watch on a volcano, and of course vodafone cams also

  342. #343 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    I don’t mean to seem negative or anything but things are the way they are and as a parent I have to see the world for what it is. I find it very difficult to explain this to my kids. Not Ej or anything like that, my 7 yo thinks this is the coolest thing that has ever happened. The problem I have is that there are good people out there that truly care about humanity and have the best of intentions. They are suppressed everywhere I look, or are killed if they can’t be silenced.

    We as a people are in for a lot of trouble. It can be seen everywhere. Anyone with eyes, ears, and a mind can figure it out for themselves. We waste so much money and care so little for each other that a massive earth changing event may be the best way out of it. It’s really sad to think that way. Bring it on baby!

    It’s sickening to see science manipulated for the sake of saving a few dollars.

    Whatever, I’m going to stoke up the grill and hoist a few beers, and keep an eye on the webcams. At least if I die from Ej I will know the truth.

  343. #344 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Boy Doc that seems a bit heavy

  344. #345 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Not sure if it’s just the sun or if the plume is genuinely lightening in colour.

  345. #347 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Bad visibility and lots of flickering on the Katla cam. Ash fall, almost certainly.

  346. #348 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Reynir I think also it is getting lighter look at the Hvolsvelli cam

  347. #349 kere
    May 8, 2010

    Am very grateful that I have the opportunity to see live pictures from Eyjafjallajökull.
    I was unsure if there was something wrong with my connection. That why I asked if there was someone else who had the same problem that I experience.

  348. #350 Dasnowskier
    May 8, 2010

    Let me know when things were better?

  349. #351 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    See the IR and Visual cameras side by side

  350. #352 kingbrilliant
    May 8, 2010

    Cheers Tintin!

  351. #353 snotra viking, sweden
    May 8, 2010

    @351 tintin, thanks for the link! Great!

  352. #354 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Thanks for that Tintin

  353. #355 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    No Problem guys… HAppy watching it’s hard to step away from the screen..

  354. #356 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    “The problem I have is that there are good people out there that truly care about humanity and have the best of intentions. They are suppressed everywhere I look, or are killed if they can’t be silenced. “

    I just sent $200 this morning to a Haitian boy to send him to high school for a year and I’m still here 🙂 Mentor the young and know that your little raindrop of goodwill is a part of the flood of change for the better. 🙂

  355. #357 snotra viking, sweden
    May 8, 2010

    You´re right Tintin, it´s hard to step away from the screen and I estimate that it´s at least a few hours til the show start. To bad for me Iceland is behind Sweden in time, so at midnight it´s 2 o’clock here at my desk! Probably asleep by then. On the other hand I get some nice morning pictures sometimes, when the fog don´t hide the Eyja. Happy watching everybody, looks promising today/night.

  356. #358 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    @343: One needs a reality filter to sort the wheat (positive qualities of people from local to global scale) from the negativity chaf that is constantly peddled as ‘news’.

    Sure, money is wasted on war and ineffectual fight against poverty and disease (where corruption takes advantage of liberal kindness of others), but with the exception of bungled financial mismanagement debacle (credit and derivatives markets) from which we are presently emerging, our world is in not nearly as bad a shape as some would have you believe.

    Do not put your hopes for magical cures in catastrophic events to change the ways of Man, for the disruption natural disasters cause is likely to have a damaging domino-effect due to global interconnectivity that is novel to this time. Instead, I advise seeing the enormous problem-solving capacity that this interconnectivity brings with it as a dividend.

    Eyjaf is neither a climate nor human health changing eruption type. That requires a much larger, stratospheric (giant plinian) eruption. Even Katla is unlikely to produce such an event.

    Change is coming, but it will not be catalyzed by natural disaster, but rather from dwindling and scarce natural resources and population pressure. It will challenge us to reinvent manufacturing, will change our thinking of consumptive lifestyle and force consideration of human disruption of natural biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, iron and other minerals that has dominated the planetary ecosystem for several billion years.

    When one door closes, another will always open – if we recognize that opportunity naturally arises from adversity and need.

  357. #359 Henrik, Swe
    May 8, 2010

    Very strange atmospherics above Eyjafjallajökull visible on the Hvolsvöllur camera (19.40GMT). Three distinct strata visible, the bottom one undulating at ~1,800-2,000m, the other a mor straight line at the top left rising from ~4,000m at left edge to ~4,800m top edge just right of center. The latter delineated by a bright, thin, white streak of cloud. All three strata with distinctly differing visibilities. Any meteorologist online who can explain this?

  358. #360 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    This may be of interest… my crazy friend Gummi has been to the crater:


  359. #361 Henrik, Swe
    May 8, 2010

    Suw (#240), very illuminative. Thank you!

    Lena (#228), Helen Leggatt (#229) – Boris (Dr Boris Behncke of the INGV Etna Observatory, Catania) told us several weeks ago that there were signs that Etna was waking up and that a new eruption cycle MIGHT commence on a timescale of weeks to six months. While Dr Behncke’s word is good enough for me, I think a better sign is that for the past week or so he, unfortunately for us, has had little time to post here and explains it with “work”. Of course there may be nothing in it, but as he asked us “webcamoholics” what we were going to do as Etna had ten webcams trained on her, I think it’s an excellent idea to acquaint ourselves with Etna before she erupts.

  360. #362 DougHj
    May 8, 2010

    Plume looks big again today. Anyone have summary of todays activity?

  361. #363 Renato I Silveira
    May 8, 2010

    @359 The clouds are more clearly visible on Múlakot cam, I think.

  362. #364 Doc
    May 8, 2010

    Yes it is heavy but the logical conclusion seems to lead to the suggestion that our civil society as well as the concept of civilization itself is failing, will always fail, and is not worth the effort. As with freedom, discovery grows best when it comes from within. Understanding what is wrong with our respective unions should be asked by each of us. The answers should be made available not suppressed. Free thought should be as inalienable as free speech. See that happening anymore?

    The bullshit has been here for a long time but not forever. In the old world there were kingdoms and guess who had all the land and money. Same shit today, we just call them centralized banks. My problem started before I was born with the FRA.

    These eruptions didn’t even wake certain people up. They send some lackey up on a few test flights and declare it safe to fly knowing there is no way to tell until you fly straight into the shit. For money. Sure being delayed in Europe is an inconvenience but so is the bottom of the Atlantic. MET most likely saved lives when it acted accordingly to the situation.

  363. #365 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    Quick and dirty:

    Articles < Seismicity < Icelandic Meteorological office Go to site map. "Update on activity Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland Assessment - 08 May 2010 18:30 The eruption is still in an explosive phase. The tephra- and splatter cone continues to build up and is now reaching the rim of the ice edge around the crater. The plume doesn't rise vertically from the crater, but bends SE-wards due to wind; measured at around 5 km hight this morning. For latest information, see the status report issued collectively by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at 14:00 today."

  364. #366 snotra viking, sweden
    May 8, 2010

    Crazy or brave, I don´t know, nice to see a pic from the ground. It gives you a whole other impression of the eruption, than from “safe distance” with webcams.

  365. #367 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    @Mike 360 Yes I saw him on the web cam today I embarassed now to say I called him a mobile phone addict as he was constantyl on the mobile but good to get a first hand account of someone who was there and I loved the picture with the large plume and what looked like a tiny jeep in comparsion

  366. #368 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    Like I said, quick, and very dirty copy paste. Here’s the link to the status report:

  367. #369 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    Looks like the Vodafone cams crashed or otherwise stopped sending at 20:08 UT.

  368. #370 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Leifer the Lucky should be appearing at the thorolfsfelli cam any time now. 🙂

  369. #371 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Reynir, just refresh. It’s an ongoing problem.

  370. #372 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Dude’s on the thermal cam!! Whoo hoo! Hiya Leifer!!

  371. #373 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    Well someone is waving on Þórólfsfelli!

  372. #374 Ruby
    May 8, 2010

    Ooooh I think I just seen Luifer

  373. #375 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson, .is
    May 8, 2010

    If that helps you getting a image timestamped later than 20:06:32, let me know. It doesn’t work for me.

  374. #376 snotra viking, sweden
    May 8, 2010

    Nice posing on camera, Leifur!

  375. #378 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    4 dudes in the thermal. Each taking turns on the normal cam.

  376. #379 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    *Waves at Luifer**

  377. #380 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Wow! That nice smiling lady almost fell over! lol

  378. #381 Scott, sg
    May 8, 2010

    Is it just me…or does everyone go see a volcano, turn their back to it and make a call?

    Are they calling for a taxi or something?

  379. #382 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    Watching the antics on the Þórólfsfelli cam, I noticed (and grabbed shots of) some interesting activity in the background. Do we know for sure how many vents are supposed to be active here?

    There’s one obvious vent with continuous more or less vigorous activity, but I noticed a brief dark plume from what was clearly a second vent, with clear sky between it and the main plume. See:

    New vent? Old vent reactivated?

  380. #383 D.
    May 8, 2010

    Is anyone plan to produce or already have 24hr timelapse video from thermal camera? Thanks!

  381. #384 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 8, 2010

    Well, there they were, and one of them was Leifur – and the Vodafone cam was down. OTOH, Mila’s camera worked well enough.

    I did learn something: Vodafone faithfully archives the current.jpg, regardless of what’s on it; right now it’s the 20:06:32 image. So, Leifur did not succeed in getting on Vodafone’s pics & the daily video…

  382. #385 Bev Wallace
    May 8, 2010

    I have also been transfixed by the cams and your comments, why is this particular volcano so terrifying and fascinating!
    It seems that here in north west england that we keep getting light ash in the air, several people have mentioned that when they go out the air smells dry and makes ur throat dry, and my 3 dogs end up sneezing after sniffing about in the fields.
    Oh and whoever was wondering about the blue light apparantly its gas being given off by the magma.
    Has anyone heard anything about the two scientists who were overcome by fumes trying to collect samples?
    I’ve had a strange feeling of forboding for months now, like theres a storm coming….or maybe humanity is going to get a large object lesson soon. I wonder if EJ is the start of that lesson.
    Oh and has anyone noticed how flipping cold it is this year, the wind outside feels like march not may, I wonder if the fine ash circulating the northern hemisphere is blocking out some sunlight.

  383. #386 Martyn Wells
    May 8, 2010

    It has become apparent that meltwater/lahar from the eruption has declined over the last few days, and at the same time lava flow and output slowed considerably since the eruption reverted from basaltic to andesitic magma and entered its second explosive stage. I though it worth posting a link to the original lahar at the beginning of the first explosive phase of eruption for people to be able to compare and contrast to…

  384. #387 Jón Frímann
    May 8, 2010

    My uncle and his wive where on the Míla cam earlier, along with her son. I don’t know the fourth person. At one point, they where all three standing and waving to the camera.

    Currently there is only one vent open, it seems. But that might change without any warning now.

  385. #388 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson
    May 8, 2010

    #382: Clueless to f??k.

    #385: They made it to higher ground under own power and recovered very quickly.

  386. #389 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson
    May 8, 2010

    Faded jeans. Excellent mountainwear. Not.

  387. #390 Karl UK
    May 8, 2010

    #364 Doc the old serfdom has been replaced by debt slavery. Probably not the place to discuss our predicament globally. For one of the best financial blogs go to and for energy and resource depletion
    The Eyjafjallajökull eruption and the interuption to ‘normal’ day to day business just emphasises humanities limits and our ultimate subserviance to the natural world. Money is not wealth and all real wealth is limited to natural resource.

  388. #391 Zander
    May 8, 2010

    @ Jon Frimann, Hi why do you think that another vent may appear ? Is there some kind of pressure build ?

  389. #392 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    Jón – would this be your crew?

    As for vents, how do you explain the image I posted earlier? One crater maybe, but more than one active vent in it? You can clearly see the shadow of the plume from the second vent on the main plume.

  390. #393 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    Here is the Timelapse movie from the FLIR Thermal Camera

    Taken 2010-05-07

  391. #394 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    If that other person on the web cams is Leifur he is taking photo’s.. Can’t wait to see them. lol

  392. #395 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    @Fireman392 at you can get an aerial view from today at the crater..looks as though some of the other stuff we’re seeing might be just from cone buildup nearing top of glacier?

  393. #396 Henrik, Swe
    May 8, 2010

    What is erupting? I can’t help but ask the question as the maths simply doesn’t add up for me. The eruption started on April 15th, so this is the 24th day. The eruption rate, tephra and lava flow, was 300 m3 s-1 during the first 72 hours and has not been reported to be below 20 m3 s-1. With an official figure of 140 million m3 of tephra for the first 72 hours (=70-80 million m3 compacted magma), the total must now stand in excess of 200 million m3 of magma.

    If we assume that the primitive magma erupted at Fimvörduhals came more or less directly from the mantle and that there was a reservoir of rhyolitic magma below Eyjafjöll, the chemical composition hints that at best, the mix is 2 parts new + 1 part old magma. This would require a magma reservoir of at least 70 million m3 of very rhyolitic magma just to explain the eruption to date.

    Now, the inflation was reported as being 6 cm over an area of, very generous estimate, ~500 square kilometers (more likely 250-300). This gives a total of ~30 million cubic meters. It’s not enough by at least a factor of 2½ times.

    As far as I understand it, either Eyjafjöll volcano must be credited with a much larger magma chamber or the magma thought to come from the mantle must be of a very different composition from the magma that erupted first at Fimvörduhals.

    Could someone with a far better understanding of it please explain – what exactly is it that accounts for the observed composition and amounts?

  394. #397 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    @fireman I wonder if your photo has captured a short pause in the plume. She was quite bursty a while ago, looking rather like an outsized steam engine that was huffing and puffing. If she briefly ‘held her breath’, then the resumed plume would look to be separate from the main plume, just as your photo shows.

    Or there may be another explanation. 😉

  395. #398 Jón Frímann
    May 8, 2010

    @Fireman, Yes. That are them! 🙂 I do not know at the moment if there has been a new vent. But it might already have happened. It has done so once before already.

    The reason for new vent to open up is the fact the current one is getting clogged up with material from the eruption.

  396. #399 Benjamin Franz
    May 8, 2010

    I’ve uploaded a set of time lapse videos for May 2nd, 4th, and 7th for the Múlakot cam. The one for the 7th is at – the others can be found on my page there.

  397. #400 Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson
    May 8, 2010

    #397: A sideways blast ‘below the horizon’ might cover it, too.

  398. #401 mattlee
    May 8, 2010

    Bev Wallace @385 We’ve had problems here in the south & east of the UK too. Dry throats and croaky voices. Nothing about it on the news though.

  399. #402 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    @Shelly, Ruby, Lavendel, Diane, Henrik: glad you found the image helpful! If it looks like the IR is showing anything new, I’ll do it again, as it’s quite easy if you have the right software.

    I added notes to the image to try and show people new to the eruption what is going on, and if anyone has any corrections, please do let me know.

    For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s the FLIR thermal image superimposed on the normal camera image:

    I’ve been talking to my husband tonight about some of the data that the IMO is producing, which I think we could probably do more with if given the time. Does anyone have links to recent historic EQ data, for example? I.e. not just the last 48 hours? I’ve had a look on the IMO site and it’s not obvious if they have an archive of the data publicly available.

    I’ve been wanting to learn about data visualisation and such things for ages now, and this is a grand opportunity to do something that might even turn out to be interesting!

  400. #403 Lee, Scotland.
    May 8, 2010

    It’s a pity the webcams don’t have sound i’d love to hear the eruption. I’ve read that the eruption could be heard 200 km away at times.

  401. #404 Dan, Florida
    May 8, 2010

    @402 Suw I like what you did with that superimposed pictures, but even better, the comment boxes.

  402. #405 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    It really looks great on the FLIR Camera..

  403. #406 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    @dan Flickrs good like that. I find it really useful sometimes to annotate pictures, and this is a case in point.

  404. #407 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    That’s the apostrophe missing from my previous comment. *hangs head in shame*

  405. #408 Dan, Florida
    May 8, 2010

    @Suw I use Flickr all the time. Will have to learn that trick.

  406. #409 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    take a lookat Voda picasa #117
    The Valkyrie rides (but she’s got her hair in a bun)

  407. #410 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    @Dan #408 It’s the “add note” button, top left of your photos. 😀

  408. #411 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    You may wish to consider adding ab archive page to the Eyjaf Wiki for time-lapse movies of the eruption (webcam and FLIR). That would be quite helpful for anyone wishing to view and compare activity periods.

    Similar archiv of EUMENSAT satellite plume models would also be helpful.

  409. #412 AndrewWH
    May 8, 2010

    @409 Also she appears to have a mustache!

  410. #413 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    Hello @ all.
    came on just now and the vodafon-webcam isn’t working anymore?
    This afternoon everything was in working order…
    And the Thorolfsfelli cam (visible) is loading and loading and loading…
    I’m addicted, I confess – but I want to see Eya befor I go to bet!

  411. #414 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    @ Suw 397: this was definitely a second and distinct plume; I watched it form as I grabbed the shot. The main plume was going steadily and non-stop from the same place it has been for weeks. The new plume had clear sky between it and the main plume, appeared very much darker – almost solid black – and appeared from a quite different place – at a guess at least 300m away. The photo shows the relationship quite well.

  412. #415 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    @412 Genghis Khan? How’d he get here?

  413. #416 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    Okay, the Thorolfsfelli has loaded. But the vodafon isn’t working for me 🙁

  414. #417 Brian
    May 8, 2010

    @401 No croaky voices here on Skye. Actually it’s been quite disappointing that there do not seem to have been any decently coloured sunsets here since the eruption started.
    I was rather looking forward to highly coloured sunsets from the ash.
    Also we have had great weather the last couple of days, quite warm and blazing sunshine, quite contrary to Bev’s experience.

  415. #418 Dagmar
    May 8, 2010

    Hi, again thanks for all the great posts again. Is the tremor going up again?

  416. #419 Gordon
    May 8, 2010

    The posting of a Goethe poem the other day got me thinking about other OTT descriptions and sent me up to my loft. William McGonagall in the 19thc was perhaps Scotland’s best “bad” poet ever.This is an excerpt from “Greenland’s Icy Mountains” which feels rather appropriate…

    Greenland’s icy mountains are fascinating and grand,
    And wondrously created by the Almighty’s command;
    And the works of the Almighty there’s few can understand;
    Who knows butit might be part of fairyland.

    Because there are churches of ice, and houses glittering like glass,
    And for scenic grandeur there’s nothing it can surpass,
    Besides there’s monuments and spires, also ruins,
    Which serve for a safe retreat from the wild bruins.

    And there’s icy crags and precipices, also beautiful waterfalls,
    And as the stranger gazes thereon, his heart it appals
    With a mixture of wonder, fear and delight,
    Till at last he exclaims, Oh! what a wonderful sight!

    The icy mountains they’re higher than a brig’s topmast,
    And the stranger in amazement stands aghast
    As he beholds the water flowing off the melted ice
    Adown the mountain sides, that he cries out, Oh! how nice!

    Such sights are those truly magnificent to be seen,
    Only that the mountain tops are white instead of green,
    And rents andcaverns in them, the same as on a rugged mountain side,
    And suitable placesw, in my opinion, for mermaids to reside.

    Sometimes these icy mountains suddenly topple o’er
    With a wild and rumbling hollow-startling roar;
    And new peaks and cliffsrise up out of the sea,
    While great cataracts of uplifted brine pour down furiously.

    And those that witness such an awful sight
    Can gaze thereonin solems silence and delight,
    And the most Godfearless man that hath this region trod
    Would be forced to recognize the power and majesty of God.
    It continues on for another nine verses which I won’t inflict on you. For those of you that can take more cracked scansion and dodgy rhymes, try the link below

  417. #420 Jen
    May 8, 2010

    The delay on the Axis cam is pretty bad, but the FLIR cam seemed to show the plume get much hotter for a few minutes at around 22:10. Still waiting for the other camera to catch up and show what that looks like.

  418. #421 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    @Fireman #414 Interesting. Which cam was that on? Hopefully one of the timelapses will pick it up. Did you manage to gut a larger screenshot than the one you posted?

    @Passerby #411 It’s a good idea to have a time-lapse archive. I’ll see what I can do about gathering all that together when I have a moment. If you (or anyone else) would like to help our by gathering links, that’d be fab. The wiki is editable by anyone who wants to make an account, although so far the only ‘help’ I’ve had has been from spammers!

  419. #422 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    @418: Use this vertical tremor station plot page instead.

    *snicker* The disclaimer banner at the top is telling – IES must have gotten tired of panicked public calls.

  420. #423 Fireman
    May 8, 2010

    @Suw 421: it was on the Þórólfsfelli cam; my screen cap shows it well, with the ‘normal’ plume side by side for comparison:

    That black plume is nowhere near the origin of the main plume! You can clearly see the shadow it casts, and when it emerged (but before I was able to grab the screen cap) there was even more clear blue sky between it and the main plume.

    I’ve looked at the vodaphone cam and not seen it captured there. It seems to have been a one-off at this stage, but I’d still like to know where it came from!

  421. #424 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 8, 2010

    Thanks for the William McGonagall poem Gordon. I like it, it’s spirited and imaginative.

    And now I know where this spoonerism comes from, “Iceland’s greasy mountains”.

  422. #425 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    James has a new article up on the Grapevine. Go James go.

  423. #426 Dagmar
    May 8, 2010

    @422 Thanks! But I wanted to know if this was a trend.

  424. #427 Peter Cobbold
    May 8, 2010

    @Suw 402. re archived EQ data.
    Socuel has archived validated EQ data back several months; contact him here:

    Korf’s 3D map for two days’ activity, corresponding to two large oscillations in EQ rate is here:

    What would be ideal is a 3D display like Korf’s but with EQs colour coded for magnitude and interactive in so far as user can select period of EQs displayed.

    Do hope Henrik, Bruce, Passerby, MichaelC-b will add their ideas and support.

    There were unusual, possible unique, oscillations in EQ rate during the first 3 weeks of March (and maybe earlier). There could be real science to come out of that data!!

  425. #428 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    I have to agree with other posters here that the constant delays and stoppages on the Þórólfsfell really bite. They may as well just do screen captures like Vodaphone does.

  426. #429 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    FLIR IR CAMERA and AXIS Camera Side by Side

    FLIR Thermal Camera 24 Hour TimeLapse (2010-05-07)

  427. #430 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    Seems like it will be a long night with alot of action.

    FLIR IR CAMERA and AXIS Camera Side by Side

  428. #431 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    @426: Trend is return to baseline conditions preceding Apr 17 eruption.

    Concur with Fireman on the episodic smaller plume seen rising from the second vent (per his image frame grabs).

  429. #432 Dagmar
    May 8, 2010

    @422 Ah thank you! Could this be silence before the storm?

  430. #433 pyrotech9
    May 8, 2010

    Web Cams have been twined up on
    One page has the Þórólfsfelli infrared thermal alongside the visible cam
    The other has the cams from Hvolsvelli and Valahnúk.
    I hope this aids and enhances the view for you all.

  431. #434 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    @429: Thank you for that link!

  432. #435 Dagmar
    May 8, 2010
  433. #436 Peter Cobbold
    May 8, 2010

    @Henrik 396. This paper describes similarities with Eyjaf in EQ swarm,coicident GPS inflation,compact in 3D. But no magma chamber (planar intrusion) no eruption:

    If Eyjaf now has 20km deep 10m diameter conduit that has a volume of 200,000 cubic metres, so deep material only just reaching surface??

  434. #437 Suw
    May 8, 2010

    @Fireman #423 I wonder if Mila are archiving the stream anywhere, or if it’s just evaporating into the ether. It would be interesting to be able to replay that section of video to see if there’s any more detail can be gleaned.

    If there’s no camera-telling-fibs trickery going on (god knows i’ve been fooled!) then it can only be a new vent clearing its throat. I went through the Voda stills, but didn’t find it either.

    This actually raises the question that has been nagging at me for weeks, pretty much since this began, and that’s whether the streams are being archived anywhere. (I know Voda is archiving stills to Picassa, but it still misses a lot out.) It might seem really excessive, but it’s only after an event like this where more clarity is needed that one realises the value of archives.

    @Peter #427 Thanks, I’ll go and have a look, and see what I can find. 😀 I’m not sure I can manage actual science, but I’ll certainly have a go at something that pretends to be interesting. 😉 Well, I’ll have a go once I’ve hit the Deadline From Hell, that is.

  435. #438 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    @Tintin #429: Thank you very much for the link. Dual 16:9 monitors set to span, zoom the page…this is awesome. This page is streaming much better also. I know where I am eating supper tonight.

  436. #439 Peter Cobbold
    May 8, 2010

    @434 Ahhg! brain fade, 10m2 area not diameter.

  437. #440 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    @Gordys #436: You will not be alone 🙂 …..

    I will make a new TimeLapse movie tomorrow of the FLIR IR Camera :

    2010-05-08 00:00 – 2010-05-09 12.00

  438. #441 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @Fireman #423 It certainly looks like two separate vents to me. It wouldn’t surprise me because our Lady began with two active vents. What would it take for the one that simmered down to become more active again? It reminds me of Jon Frimann’s prediction of late. And from what I’ve seen in the past month, he hasn’t been wrong yet. 😉

  439. #442 Gina Ct
    May 8, 2010

    I wish they would put a second site up and split the IR AND VISIBLE LIGHT CAMS!!!!!!
    that might cure the annoying slow visable light cam

  440. #443 Dagmar
    May 8, 2010

    At this moment we can see fire/ lava on

  441. #444 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Whoa! *chomps on popcorn with eyes fixed on throlfsfelli cam*

  442. #445 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 8, 2010

    Nice fireworks going on..

  443. #446 cristihan, RO
    May 8, 2010

    Big (BIG!) lava burst at 23:13 on the Þórólfsfell cam! Spectacular!

  444. #447 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Memo to Axis Communications:

    Please move your logo to the far right.

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

  445. #448 beedragon Canada
    May 8, 2010

    Memo to Fog … get the hell out of the way 🙂

  446. #449 Shelly
    May 8, 2010

    Memo to self… Get to bed it’s 1 am already……

  447. #450 cristihan, ROc
    May 8, 2010

    The image at is a bit delayed, but you don’t have the Axis logo problem (it has the same dimension but on a biger image). The delay is similar on the FLIR site Thing is: there is a LOT of steam coming in the last half our or so, and I think this is what blocks the image. Otherwise, looking on Mila site you could think the eruption stoped, but it is actually at its peak for today at least. Or I may be wrong… 🙂

  448. #451 thor
    May 8, 2010

    what is happening up there?? It suddenly went silent, has it stopped? I cant see any heat signs from the crater it self,.

  449. #452 cristihan, RO
    May 8, 2010

    Ha, strike that… Funny thing I figured out only now: the delay was only on what my computer showed, it progresively lagged behind and only after I refreshed the tab it got back on track. Good for me, I wouldn’t have seen the heavy blasting had it been properly sinchronized 🙂

  450. #453 Dasnowskier
    May 8, 2010


    Looks like a cloud has obscured the heat signal.

  451. #454 Brian
    May 8, 2010

    @448 If you have a look carefully at the Hvolsvelli cam you can see the huge eruption plume is still there high above the cloud.

  452. #455 cristihan, RO
    May 8, 2010

    @449 I was worried I was talking only to myself, thanks thor 🙂 To answer, I think the fog (or cooled steam?) is dense and cold enough to block infrared readings, that’s all. She spewing her lava out, don’t worry 😉

  453. #456 Tony
    May 8, 2010

    Memo to Cloud please moveeeeee. so we can see…

  454. #457 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    The present lack of image data is why I am *very* thankful that we have generous support from tech-savvy Eruptions blog fans who daily supply links to time-lapsed movies.

  455. #458 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Lava glows on the thor cam. Sweeeet.

  456. #459 thor
    May 8, 2010

    Ok,I can see on Hvolsvetli cam shes still blowing,. but what would happen If she suddenly just went silent??
    Had we then had a real reason to be worried??

  457. #460 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    FLIR Thermal Camera Timelapse 2010-05-08 24 hours.

  458. #461 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @457 Thor??? Is our favourite cam talking to us now?

  459. #462 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    Grrr…go out for a nice Sat. nite dinner, miss all the action again…

  460. #463 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    Memo to Mother Nature; The next time you have an eruption with lots of web cams on it, please put it in a location that has clear weather most of the time. Hmmm, I wonder what Italy is like this time of year?

    Hi Frito

  461. #464 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    @461 Grodys: check out the Timelapse movie I made in 5fps @458

    quite intresting to see the FLIR IR Camera this way.

  462. #465 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Hi Gordys. I wept for a smooth Thoro cam feed until I realized it was better than leaving this place and spending $16 (plus gas) to be in a theater with someone kicking the back of my chair. 🙂 Pass the brandy snifter.

    P.S. Italy is sooo overrated 😉

  463. #466 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    @Tintin: Yeah I just did. That is great. What software are you using to do that?

  464. #467 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    >Had we then had a real reason to be worried??

    Depends on how long and if we had other (seismic/tremor and GPS-inflation) indicators of deeper magma movement.

    Hopefully, IES is thinking collaborative thoughts with US and European geology counterparts for funding help, with an eye to updating pre-eruption estimates of glacier mass balance for Eyjaf. We also need to estimate Eyjaf’s ash deposit induced albedo (solar insolation reflection) change is affecting Katla’s icecap.

    Understanding temporal connection between Katla and Eyjaf coupled eruptions may rest on estimating the rate of meltwater percolation into the HIGHLY POROUS flood plains to the north and west, consequent temporal pore pressure flux, and it’s action in 3-D on stress-strain accumulation in the delicate, force-constrained ridge between these two volcanoes during historic maritime warm climate periods.

    Watch for increased hydrothermal activity north and south on this vector.

  465. #468 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    @Gordys: There is many different open sorce softwares that can be used I used for this one ” MakeAVI-0.11 ”

    it can be downloaded from

    very easy to use.

    I will get some sleep now so I can be ringside when the view clears up 🙂

    have a nice evening.

  466. #469 birdseyeUSA
    May 8, 2010

    I saw an earlier reference to Vodacam being down – any followup? Nothing on Picasa after what looks like late afternoon-early twilight. Last pic is #131. It wasn’t working here most of the day, so don’t know when it quit. Hope it’s up again tomorrow….

  467. #470 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @Passerby #465 para: say whaaat?

  468. #471 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    @Frito, well to everyone actually: Tintin posted this link earlier and it has been stable(actually great) for me, even with my slow DSL

    Thank you and thank you Tintin. If you have dual screens, set them to span. You can then zoom on the page by holding the “ctrl” key down and then press the “+” key or scroll with the wheel on your mouse, you can have both of the camera views on your monitors.

    Frito, I have recliner that fits about a person and a half, a warm fuzzy blanket and a snifter of brandy that I am working on….dual screens, a good sound system and some DVDs…. 😉

  469. #472 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @Gordys #469 Thanks for Tintin’s link (and thank you Tintin!) I had been watching it until I had to reboot. Now…nada – just a blank Flir screen.

    Oh and Gordys..I’ll be right over 😉

  470. #473 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    @Frito: Cool, I’ll be watching for you. It sounds like you are having computer is still streaming fine for me.

  471. #474 Tintin
    May 8, 2010

    @Gordys @Frito : Thanks guys… We should also give alot of credit to the guys at “mila” for putting up the cameras.

    The VideoServer restarted in Iceland but all streams should be back to normal now.

    Now I really have to go to bed…. So hard to pull myself away from the cams…. have a nice day and catch you all tomorrow.

  472. #475 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @Gordys #471 Of course you’d say that 😉

    I’m getting no joy from either:
    I think you and Tintin are in cahoots 😉

    Gonna try fully rebooting to see if that helps.

  473. #476 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 8, 2010

    It’s about 1:45AM Iceland time now. Dawn starts at 3:11AM Iceland time. Poor Europe is getting hit with more Icelandic ash from “E”. Hopefully skies will be clear again today :o). Rather impressive ash plume was visible till almost 11:00PM Iceland time.

  474. #477 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    @Frito: I am sorry for the stupid response. What operating system is running your computer? What are you using as a web browser? How old is your computer? Do you know how much hard drive space you have? How are you connected to the Internet(what is your ISP(Internet Service Provider)? Does your ISP have limitations on your data usage? I can help..that is my day job.

  475. #478 Leifur
    May 8, 2010

    So – I’m back from my expedition to Þórólfsfell. As oberved by someone here, the Vodafone camera was down so I shan’t be able to admire myself – but then I wasn’t primarily for that purpose anyway! I hope I didn’t get in the way of any scientific observations by you good people.

    I was the one sans hair by the way 🙂

    Regrettably the volcano wasn’t very active – or perhaps we just didn’t wait until it was properly dark. At any rate I don’t think I got any good shots of the eruption – but I did catch a couple of that pickup crossing the “Jökulfall” (the outflow from Gígjökull).

  476. #479 beedragon Canada
    May 8, 2010

    Vodafone cam is back up and running, but it’s dark 🙁

    Mila cams are down – perhaps the took them off line to teach us a lesson about dissing their autofocus!

    Fingers crossed that morning will bring us something to look at. I’m stuck in the house for a while because my daughter has chicken pox.

  477. #480 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    Looks like the cameras are down for me also…just as well, I have a sink full of morel mushrooms to take care of.

  478. #481 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Leifur, I think I got several screen shots of you (were you wearing a blue/dark grey outfit and later donned a blue/grey anorak?

  479. #482 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @Gordys not a stupid response at all. I’m grateful for the help and glad it’s not just me. 🙂 Forget the ‘shrooms and grab that fuzzy blanket!

  480. #483 Leifur
    May 8, 2010

    @Frito Lay

    Yes, that sounds about right. It was a bit windy up there so we had to add layers (the pair referred to as “Jon’s crew” above were travelling with me).

    My posing was primarily for the benefit of my 5-year old grandson – by coincidence he had been on the TV news (they had been doing some filming at his kindergarten I think) so I had to try to match that – he was watching his grandpa on his father’s computer.

    If it’s not too much trouble, drop me a line at and attach a picture.

  481. #484 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Leifer I’ve sent you an email with a pic. Let me know via return email if it’s you.


  482. #485 Diane N CA
    May 8, 2010

    Ok. What has happened to the cams? I went to the site I put in my favorites and all I get is a map of were the cam is. Can someone post the correct address for me?


    As you can tell, I have been away for several hours.

  483. #486 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    @Diane #483 The cams have been down for about an hour. Reynir? said there was a massive power outtage in N, E and W Iceland last night. I hope the same thing hasn’t happened again tonight. (-:

  484. #487 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    Outstanding paper worth slogging through as a learning tool with great cartoon graphics, as it describes the mechanics behind the 1998 Gjálp and 2004 Grimsvotn eruptions.

    It explains the effusive eruptive (Fimm) and explosivity phases (crater) we are presently observing at Eyjaf.

    Subglacial and intraglacial volcanic formations in Iceland (2006).

  485. #488 Diane N CA
    May 8, 2010

    Thanks Frito Lay. I was wondering! It sounds like I missed a bit this afternoon my time, which is night in Iceland. I hope they can get the cams back up before daylight and that we will be able to see what is going on.

  486. #489 Leifur
    May 8, 2010

    Just to illustrate how enormous an effect the eruption is having on aviation – since last night the bulk of trans-Atlantic flights are passing north of Iceland – there’s an impenetrable ash barrier extending south towards Spain.

    At work yesterday I saw a flight plan from Dublin to Chicago – northeast to hit the Arctic Circle just west of Norway, then west until well past the ash cloud (and Iceland) before turning southwest towards Chicago.

    I think they said on the news that they expect Reykjavik Centre to handle 600 trans-Atlantic flights this Sunday. I miss shift work 🙁

  487. #490 Ragutis
    May 8, 2010

    Quick, someone make an offering to the huldufólk, FSM, IPU or something. The cams! We must have the cams! I’m sorry I complained about the autofocus and the lockups! :p

    Next person hiking up to the cams needs to put Erik’s URL on a sign. Give our humble host and his Scienceblogs overlords some extra traffic. Oh, and if you’re a Pharynguloid, WTF, bring a squid too.

  488. #491 Renato I Silveira
    May 8, 2010

    I’ve just heard on the TV that flights from South America to Portugal, Spain, Italy and France would be cancelled. (I’m from Rio de Janeiro) I had no travel plans for now, but they say it may take some more time before closures will stop.
    By the way, have you heard of earthquakes NE of Tambora, Indonesia? It’s stays on John Seach’s page, who happens to be in Iceland and has an Youtube link of his Eyjaf’s adventure.
    Should we expect any activity on the Indonesian volcano?

  489. #492 Passerby
    May 8, 2010

    As a matter of fact, the South Pacific-Timor Sea area is looking pretty busy, tectonically speaking.

  490. #493 Frito Lay
    May 8, 2010

    Diane et al,

    Sumbuddy’s working on the FLIR cams. Fingers and toes crossed 🙂

  491. #494 Gordys, MN USA
    May 8, 2010

    Thank you for the link Passerby, I will give that a through read in the morning. The cams are down, the shrooms are taken care of, it is time for bed….and Frito got lost on the way over(heavy sigh). Good night.

  492. #495 Jón Frímann
    May 8, 2010

    It appears that part of the Vodafone network did go offline tonight. I do not know why. But that made my Hekla sensor to go “offline” from my client end at home. It has just started again now.

    It also might explain why some cameras have been offline part of the night.

  493. #496 Helen Leggatt
    May 8, 2010

    @361/Henrik – thanks for the explanation. I read Boris’ Etna page from time to time – but shall make it more regular and get in to the history of the Italian lady (the volcano – not Boris!).

    I’ve seen Stromboli erupt a few times on trips to Italy, and Pompeii is one of my favorite places in the world…

  494. #497 Dan, Florida
    May 8, 2010
  495. #498 Renato I Silveira
    May 8, 2010

    Daylight on Múlakot cam and Mila’s seem to be awekaning.
    Clouds covering our lady.

  496. #499 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Ash plume is not visible over the clouds. As Leifur stated: “Regrettably the volcano wasn’t very active – or perhaps we just didn’t wait until it was properly dark.”

  497. #500 PeakVT
    May 9, 2010

    Here’s a good satellite image from 10/5/7 showing the ashfall on Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull:

  498. #501 Frito Lay
    May 9, 2010

    What’s with the huge blob of SO2 again? Someone’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

  499. #502 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Maybe network was off for Eyjaf too? 🙂
    But I understand she has extra batteries hidden in her magma chamber, for what’s been said… BTW, still more magma intrusion going?

  500. #503 Jón Frímann
    May 9, 2010

    Harmonic tremor is increasing at this moment. So Eyjafjallajökull is not quieting down at this moment. What is going on exactly is unclear do to cloud cover at this moment.

  501. #504 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Food for thought:

    Eruptive history, geochronology, and magmatic evolution of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex, Chile.

    Hot off the press (May 2010):
    -Climate effects on volcanism: influence on magmatic systems of loading and unloading from ice mass variations, with examples from Iceland.

    -How will melting of ice affect volcanic hazards in the twenty-first century?

  502. #505 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks Jón. She does have more artillery to keep on going. But when she goes quiet… havoc restarted .

  503. #506 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    All cams appear down to me – a problem my end or are you all having the same problem?

  504. #507 Frito Lay
    May 9, 2010

    @Helen #504 We’re all having the same problem.

  505. #508 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    >What’s with the huge blob of SO2 again

    That would be the peculiar thick haze noted by several posters recently.

  506. #509 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #502 @Passerby, I think Puyehue-Cordon Caulle is also a good example of an eruption triggered by a large earthquake (as it erupted short after Chilean earthquake in 1960) isn’t it? Is there a relation of this event in Iceland with the increased seismicity around the world? – (if it’s true there is such an increase) Should we worry about Tambora being so near the last Sumbawa-Region earthquakes, or there are specific characteristics EQs should have to behave that way?

  507. #510 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    @Frito – ok, thanks 🙂 btw – have just managed to get Vodofone cam to load.

  508. #512 Frito Lay
    May 9, 2010

    @Passerby – Ok, and what there any conclusion as to why that “peculiar thick haze” is showing up as heavy SO2?

  509. #513 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Henrik, Swe careful those inconvenient questions about the Eyjafjöll magma/magma chamber will get you into trouble….for down that path lies bottomless perdition;)

    Frito Lay that SO2 increase means that there has been a lot of mafic magma added to what has over time become a more increasingly silica rich mix. The question is where did all that silica rich magma come from? Also what will the mixing of a more primitive mafic and a more silica rich magma lead to? Anyone want to venture a guess?

  510. #514 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    $508 Yes, Vodafone cam is back. Lot’s of steam rising out of the lava flow.

  511. #515 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010


    Daylight on Múlakot cam and Mila’s seem to be awekaning.
    Clouds covering our lady.

    Posted by: Renato I Silveira | May 8, 2010 11:58 PM

    Weather’s supposed to be good today, so I hope the Þórólfsfell camera issues get cleared up. Hvolsvöllur and Vodafone are up.

    Steam activity is up a LOT from anything I saw yesterday at the front of the cut in the glacier. And there appears to be a glow. The lava never made it that far did it? And it likely couldn’t have overnight without some drastic change in composition resulting in the lower viscosity, right?

  512. #516 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Thick haze, change in volcanic effuvia chemistry (noted earlier in this blog thread).

    @ Renato: Chile SSZ (Puyehue-Cordon Caulle) volcanic activity is an example of icecap recession-related events over the past 12KY, with increasing silica content over time as rebound is associated with differences in chemistry due to crustal melt origin.

    Iceland went through a similar pattern of shield volcano activity with post glacial rebound (3 distinct periods, past 12KY).

  513. #517 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    # 513 Yes, I think I can see the glow on the “awekaning” of cams. (Sorry for that)! 😉

  514. #518 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #514 Thank you, Passerby. Lots of precious information in that link you posted, as well as on the explanation in this one. Some theories are quite worrisome as of permafrost melting connections to methane release, and melting of glaciers with destabilizing boundaries and faults.

  515. #519 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    # 514 – # 516 Voda cam is off again. 🙁
    Another M 1 eq under Eyjaf!

  516. #520 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    The world is going quake-crazy! Our weekend Press magazine’s top article was about our very own super-volcano here in NZ – Taupo.

  517. #521 David
    May 9, 2010

    i wish this chat was move like a chat room

    we bee ziping right a long in posting commets

  518. #522 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Looks like steam plume on Voda cam is being blown to the opposite direction (west).

  519. #523 eddie
    May 9, 2010

    Hi Jón Frímann @509. I just had a look at their SO2 plot for NW europe and see a massive hotspot above Tolouse in southern france. Maybe they’re just unlucky but I’m wondering about a local source. Are there any you can think of?

  520. #524 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    White steam rising from the crater now. You can see on Múlakot too.

  521. #525 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010

    It’s really tough seeing through the wee gaps in the clouds on the Vodafone cam, but does anyone see any indication of the ash plume or what it’s doing? I see the steam plume, but not an ash plume.

  522. #526 eddie
    May 9, 2010

    Also, I think the mila cams are having more issues than they really need to have as they are set to update every second. I wouldn’t mind an update every 5 or even 10 seconds if the link was more reliable.

  523. #527 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Lunar landscape on Katla’s ash covered slopes.

  524. #528 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Earlier on this thread it’s been said lava was never to reach the bottom lake. For what I see now it seems to have gained much more strnght as to get close to that…

  525. #529 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Is there another lava flow directed to the southeast (left on Thora) of the crater? Or is it just a cloud. If there is, it seems to have grown a lot in intensity.

  526. #530 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Another big earthquake on Indonesia close to the 2004 epicenter. M 7,3




    ORIGIN TIME – 0600Z 09 MAY 2010
    MAGNITUDE – 7.3





    ——————————– ———— ————
    INDONESIA SIMEULUE 2.5N 96.0E 0635Z 09 MAY
    BANDA ACEH 5.5N 95.1E 0643Z 09 MAY



  527. #531 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010


    Earlier on this thread it’s been said lava was never to reach the bottom lake. For what I see now it seems to have gained much more strnght as to get close to that…

    Posted by: Renato I Silveira | May 9, 2010 2:19 AM

    I’m guessing you’re referring to all that steaming at the front of the channel carved into the glacier? I noticed that too (# 513). The lava is supposedly still much higher up the slope, but if so, where is all the heat coming from to make that plume? And I’m also curious where the water is going. It’s unlikely to all be being converted to steam, yet runoff has been practically nothing.

  528. #532 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    # 529 @Ragutis, I was just wondering about the same. Water (and lava) must be blocked. Maybe will soon be seeing a waterfall sprouting there somewhere.

  529. #533 bruce stout
    May 9, 2010

    morning everyone!
    @Peter, thanks for that Tahoe paper. I know a seismologist teaching in Northern California so with a bit of luck, I might at least be able to get some datasets via him. Cross your fingers! (He’s been pretty busy later with all the seismic activity in California).

    I might actually email the GNS people in New Zealand as there have been numerous swarms in the Taupo Volcanic Zone and the GNS people are usually very forthcoming. They might have something to add.

    I sorely wish I had time to do a few things:
    a) learn how to prepare an animated 3d sequence of the activity and generate one (hint hint for anyone still interested in doing this 😉 As mentioned above socuel has the data.)
    b) plot the oscillations in the GPS readings against the wave form in seismic activity to see what, if any, correlation there is.

    Failing that, it would be great if anyone with more time on their hands and expertise (not difficult, that one, as I have none) could do this. What would be exciting is, if once the graphic models are in place, we could feed data from Tahoe or other swarms into them to see what comes out.. ok so dreams are free. But it would certainly be fascinating.

    @Helen 518 which paper? I could get my family to send it to me.

  530. #534 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    USGS upgraded it to a M7,4. That’s surely a thrust EQ. Indonesia is taking the largest blunt of ongoing EQ activity.

  531. #535 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    Bruce – The Press 🙂 in their colour supplement

  532. #536 Izzy
    May 9, 2010

    That’s one huge quake in Indonesia… =/

  533. #537 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    The EQ is pretty deep though (61 km) . Probably will cause little damage…

  534. #538 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010


    # 529 @Ragutis, I was just wondering about the same. Water (and lava) must be blocked. Maybe will soon be seeing a waterfall sprouting there somewhere.

    Posted by: Renato I Silveira | May 9, 2010 2:43 AM

    Yeah, that’s what’s weird. The last few reports had the lava stuck way upslope. But there seems to be a lot of energy down at that last “wall” of ice before the drop off.

  535. #539 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #536 Hot melt water as formerly occurred you think?

  536. #540 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Can’t wait to see the tip of the triangle reaching that frozen plateau.

  537. #541 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010

    #536 Hot melt water as formerly occurred you think?

    Posted by: Renato I Silveira | May 9, 2010 3:06 AM

    Sure, but the energy seems to have increased quite a bit over the last couple of days. The lava flow downslope is supposedly pretty static, isn’t it? Where’s it finding new ice to melt? I would have to guess that something changed with the lava flow overnight. It’s increased or found a breach in it’s dam or something.

  538. #542 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010


    Sure, but the energy seems to have increased quite a bit over compared to the last couple of days.

  539. #543 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    “The lava flow downslope is supposedly pretty static, isn’t it? Where’s it finding new ice to melt?”
    Or maybe it just turned ou to be more mafic. Thie eruption has shown regular ups and downs of effusive to explosive activity. It still can be blocked, but, since it is hotter, it generates more steam. What do you think?

  540. #544 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Got it! 🙂
    How do you think the fissure event of basaltic lava as compared to this more sub-plinian / strombolian phase?

  541. #545 chasm
    May 9, 2010

    the water or ice in contact with hot rocks will produce hot steam which expands as it rises. A hot water lake will not produce expanding steam only a mist that slowly rises and is not very persistent.(ie the front end of the steam production and the small plume below the rim.

  542. #546 Ragutis
    May 9, 2010

    It just came to mind that if the wind has shifted and will be stable, Mila might be able to get someone up to have a gander at the Valahnúkur cam.

    Anyone spot any sign of the ash plume yet?

  543. #547 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Could that be one just rising above the clouds on Múlakot cam? Very diffuse, though…

  544. #548 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    There was heavy steaming from the flow earlier this morning. Now it seems to have receded. That would be a sign of another big ash puff…

  545. #549 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    But now weather seems to deteriorate and pretty soon it will become a nuisance for volcano gazers. I’ll stick to Múlakot.

  546. #550 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Tsunami watch in Indonesia has been cancelled.
    ORIGIN TIME – 0600Z 09 MAY 2010
    MAGNITUDE – 7.3

  547. #551 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Advisory from The MET office over ash cloud – Europe is in a bad situation.

  548. #552 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    Far left of glacier – about on a level with the arch – there appears to be increasing meltwater coming out from that patch of snow, dark patch in middle..

  549. #553 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    The air space above Europe is still pretty crowded at the moment. I thought the airspace above Spain is closed? I only notice almost no plane above France but Spain?? hm.

  550. #554 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit, it’s definitely pretty crowded. But the forecast on those charts I’ve posted in #549 seem to show a rather different picture for the next days.
    I don’t know how airlines will respond to that. I’m glad none of my relatives are going to fly through the Atlantic, because I’ve already had plenty of distress during the Air France crash flying from Rio to Paris, where a good friend and partner just vanished in the bottom of the ocean. But maybe I am not very good at chart interpretation. Hope so.

  551. #555 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #550 And the flow starts to emit a lot of steam!

  552. #556 Suw
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit #551 doesn’t include French airspace, I presume because they can’t get the data. We therefore have to completely ignore the big black hole in flights over France on that site.

    @Renato #552 I too am wondering how the airlines are going to respond to the ash advisory today. I am supposed to be ahving a house guest fly in from Switzerland (doesn’t look likely) and my husband fly back from Budapest (looks like he should be ok but probably diverted northeast of the cloud). But I don’t know if that big red zone is the basis of the ‘no-fly’ or if Eurocontrol makes decisions based on other factors too.

  553. #557 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    Huge blow out of steam/water under arch just then!

  554. #558 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #554 @Suw, they do, indeed, but how reliable are those factors? I don’t want to alarm you, but they have already raised the level of tolerance for ash concentration, saying it “should be a safe level” – but who can precise exactly where a bunch of invisible particles should be concentrated in a given moment and location?

  555. #559 Manda
    May 9, 2010

    Not alot to see today.
    Some steam on the Vodaphone site but alot of cloud spoiling any view of the plume.
    Alot of cameras not working for me so just tried the ones on floodwarn and seems only the one is working there too.

  556. #560 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    I keep catching glimpses of plume, but it must be really windy up there today as it seems that the plume is bent close to the ground.

  557. #561 Kathryn, Australia
    May 9, 2010

    @ Helen – yep, I saw that too. Maybe we will finally see some action at ‘the split rock’…. I know it’s been said that the arch is remarkably resiliant – but I’m watching it intently 🙂

  558. #562 Suw
    May 9, 2010

    @Renato #556 Oh, I’m already a bit alarmed, especially seeing that the current Aviation Code Red zone appears to be being completely ignored, if FlightRadar24 is anything to go by (which it, of course, may not be). My husband and fly more than I like, mainly to conferences and to give training, and I’ve become very, very, unhappy with it. I’m very conservative when it comes to air safety, and the stunts that the airlines have pulled have not made me feel particularly confident in their ability to assess risk.

    Thankfully, come the end of the summer with both change jobs and will be flying a lot less. That makes me very happy.

  559. #563 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    And now a bit of black humor: My friend is supposed to fly with his family to Paris next week. He said he would send his mother in law in advance to see if the effects of the ash cloud are truly effective. Worst case scenario, he says, she will get there safe and sound – and the trip will proceed as planned. (That was mean!)

  560. #564 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    @Suw, don’t worry. The odds are very low for a serious event. Think that an accident will coast them billions and they won’t take the chance. And sorry for the nasty wit.

  561. #565 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Today is mother’s day here in Brazil, so I wish to all you mothers in this blog to be granted back all love and tenderness you deserve from your children! But you’ll need to leave the volcano to enjoy the party. We’ll save the nice pictures for you later! Bless you “volcanic” mothers!

  562. #566 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    Kathryn – whew, glad you saw it happen, too! I really thought “this is it – arch blow” but no… *sigh*

  563. #567 manda
    May 9, 2010

    Finally can see the plume on the cameras and its still pretty big.
    Not much seismic activity but eruption continues.
    Seems to be a fair wind there now. Think that plume would be alot higher if winds dropped.
    I am glad i am not flying till July, as disruption seems likely for near future.

  564. #568 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks for the info Renato ( and for the gratulation because its mothers day here too and i got 3 daughters.)
    And for the reliability of flight radar 24, i have this link from the official austrian televison page ( and i dont think they would post a link under one of their articles which is not reliable.

  565. #569 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Ashplume on Voda cam!

  566. #570 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    Another EQ SWE of the crater.
    And that will be it for today.
    Fare thee well!

  567. #571 Manda
    May 9, 2010

    2 EQ’s in last few minutes around perimiter of the volcano.

  568. #572 Suw
    May 9, 2010

    Aha! I have corroborating evidence for Fireman’s second plume (or whatever it is).

    Was watching the FLIR timelaps when I thought to myself that the second plume should show up somewhere. And sure enough, it does. For just one frame:

    So… question remains, new vent or some other strange phenomenon with the main plume? or something else entirely?

  569. #573 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Question for someone who can tell me what the colors mean in the hraun.vedur gosplott-
    on the hvo chart, the only time the red line crossed the green was before the last big magma load jitters started – it’s done it again – anything there?

  570. #574 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @550HelenLegatt I notice that meltwater stream too -or whatever it is – might just be from warmer weather?

  571. #575 Helen Leggatt
    May 9, 2010

    And another quakes makes 3…

    @Birdseye, yes you could be right – it caught my eye as coming from an ash-free area so thought perhaps some local warming under… but could be white from a slip.

  572. #576 GRider
    May 9, 2010

    Flew out of EWR on a flt to DUS on wed 04.28 with a bit of thought on the doings of ash cloud. Funny thing was about 200-400 mi. SSE of Iceland (using flight map on plane) there was a strong aroma in the plane. Best description of the smell was roasted garlic. This lasted about 30 or so minutes. The meal had been served about an hour and a half earlier so doubt this would account for it. When we returned last night(MUC) we were told that due to conditions associated with the ash we would divert from our normal route. The flt. path took us over Bergen, Norway to the NW about 400 mi., then due W till Greenland then SW along the coast back to EWR. No garlic

  573. #577 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @570Suw I saw that last night on the FLIR real-time, it looked then as though it had suddenly blown out sideways, but was too slow on the capture. Good for you for picking it up on the lapsed time.

  574. #578 Ruby
    May 9, 2010

    On voda cam did you just see the big smoke ring it looks like a big dougnut

  575. #579 villard
    May 9, 2010

    @570. I also noticed two separate paralell vent colums for a short while yesterday, at the torolfsfell cam.The second one at the right side was much darker than the other.

  576. #580 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Voda down again? Won’t load here any more. Mulakot and Mila Hvol seem to be my only eyes this a.m. Anyone else having same trouble with Voda?

  577. #581 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    I’ve been staring at this picture, and some things come to mind.

    1) It’s slanting, from top to bottom, NNW – SSE
    2) There is something at 5-6 km level and then below 8 km going on
    3) A far larger color range would make it easier to grasp the 3D picture
    4) That picture really needs a (3D) map in it, if not for anything else, at least to assess how many of the low EQs might be stress release from the weight of the mountain on top
    5) Would a grid of closer-positioned observation stations in tight time synch (like GPS), observing all anomalies in shock travel times, help in building a picture of the underlying structures. Micro-scale seismology. Don’t the oil prospectors use something like this, only they use explosives to get the shockwave.
    6) Better imaging of things is a must; in this age of amazing computer power it should not be impossible to build a model that the viewer can rotate to get a view from any direction

    Just my 2c; I don’t even know if I’m re-inventing the wheel…

  578. #582 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    If no cams, at least a lot of homework posted overnight…..

  579. #583 Anita in Austria
    May 9, 2010

    With Ejya just taking a little nap, I would like to say hello and thank you for this great Blog where I’m learning lots and intensely enjoying every post – whether it’s geological theory or poetry. I’m another volcano cam addict based in Austria (waves to Birgit) who’s getting funny looks from her family because she can’t take her eyes off the spectacular beauty of this volcano. I’ve always loved Iceland (also the music of Sigur Ros which goes together very well with volcanoes) and I’d love to visit the country one day.
    Back to lurking mode now.

  580. #584 Ruby
    May 9, 2010

    Mila Thoro Flir cam back up

  581. #585 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks Ruby!

  582. #586 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    For some reason, only the FLIR shows up for me. But hey, I’ll take that over nothing!

  583. #587 Steve
    May 9, 2010

    I’ve been intrigued by the activity and really appreciate the great commentary on this blog – Just noticed clouds have cleared on the Hvolsvelli cam to see the plume still appears quite high and going straight up (sorry for the lack of scientific words)

  584. #588 Merlin, UK
    May 9, 2010

    I just found this really useful page with all the links listed – you probably are all aware of it already, but just in case anyone isn’t – here it is.
    Also would like to thank you for this fascinating blog and all the very interesting comments too. I’ve become a devoted fan.

  585. #589 Anita in Austria
    May 9, 2010

    It’s funny how the plume is really huge on the Hollsvellör cam and is hardly visible on the Voda cam – is it a trick of the light or is it lying flat down first before rising further to the left?

  586. #590 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    >Best description of the smell was roasted garlic.

    Sulfides. Interesting that you could smell it so clearly in the plane.

    @Kultsi, geologists use a validated subsurface model to estimate location, correct/reposition and verify EQs. In their updates, IMO issues the closest approximation to a 3-D rendering with depth/lat-long visuals in 2-D (two sides of the 3-D cube).

  587. #591 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Think this is the most definition I’ve seen on the glacier in the FLIR cam

  588. #592 Gina Ct
    May 9, 2010

    Hollsvellör is about 3-4 times the distance from the eruption site as vodafone is it is perspective mostly for voda to see the top it would have to be tilted so high nothing would be seen on the ground.
    and even then i don’t think the top could be seen for all the plume in the way
    is closer but it is a wide angle cam and is able to see the top from a different angle than Hollsvellör and often the weather is better

  589. #593 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @MerlinUK586 Good find, looks like blog’s Suw is editing, good job Suw!

  590. #594 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    Hi Anita, but i dont happen to know you rl? Correct? And Philipp who provides us with the cool timelaps from the Vodacam seems to be Austrian too.
    Blogaddicts (like me)? I tought i noticed the plume on the Vodacam moved to the right. Did you notice this too or am i imagining things ( because of too much staring and waiting for the arch to crumble away.)

  591. #595 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit592 at there’s a map of weather conditions – clicking on the slider scale you can see wind shifts (even going backwards) which change the plume

  592. #596 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks birdeye.
    Btw it is announced on the austria tv homepage ( that austrias airspace is closed and wont open till monday morning due to ash. But if you look at the the pilots dont seem to care. And i just checked outside and saw and heard a plane above my head, just where the flight radar suggested it would be.

  593. #597 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit, it may also depend on altitude – perhaps lower-level local flights possible?

  594. #598 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    #594) Good morning afternoon. I hope that all the flights over Europe avoid the ash cloud. All it takes is one unfortunate event to shut down all of Europe’s air travel. I can understand the airlines need to fly to make their profits, but at what cost??

  595. #599 Anita in Austria
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit592 It’s unlikely I know you from RL, I’m down in the south (near Klagenfurt). Where are you?
    Loads of planes flying overhead here too, despite many airports having been shut down across Europe. Here in Austria airline operator Niki Lauda is once again mad about flights being suspended…

  596. #600 Anita in Austria
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit592 It’s unlikely I know you from RL, I’m down in the south (near Klagenfurt). Where are you?
    Loads of planes flying overhead here too, despite many airports having been shut down across Europe. Here in Austria airline operator Niki Lauda is once again mad about flights being suspended. He says the ash is “completely harmles” and that the authorities are “playing with people’s fears”.

  597. #601 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010


    I know they do, even automated ones – for the seismologists’ needs; I see results of those daily on the USGS site.

    What I thought was that there might be more data to be gleaned from the very small EQs almost always present at volcanic areas, not that it would change anything, the volcano would blow its top anyway and when it decides.

    Apparently, the current models are not much, as we have no idea about the actual amount of the magma about to emerge; no idea about the type of the eruption in advance, or which way it’s going to turn; not even when an eruption is going to happen.

    I admit that the eruptions don’t happen often in any one place, but it seems prudent to push more money into research and contingency planning, because even a small fraction of the losses taken by air traffic halt – and not only the carriers – could go a long way there.

    Darn, this is getting expensive – another 2c.

  598. #602 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    They just corrected the info. Munich is closed since 15:00 Salzburg will close at 17:00 Linz ( my hometown ) will follow at 20:00. And our ever so prominent and important Niki Lauda ( ex formular 1 star and airlineowner) alreday started complaining again, that the flight ban was never necessary and that it is even more unnecessary now.

  599. #603 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @Birgit,Anita – go back through earlier days/threads of this blog and you see much discussion of flight safety.

  600. #604 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    Update on activityEruption in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
    Assessment – 09 May 2010 15:00
    The eruption plume is grey or light gray and mostly 4-5 km in hight (14-17,000 ft) but sometimes shoots up to 6 km (20,000 ft). It is heading southeast but low level winds are easterly.

    Tephra fallout is further west now. Black ashfall was detected at Skógar this morning and also at Þorvaldseyri, just south of the eruption site.

    Noise was reported from Vestmannaeyjar-islands (35-40 km southwest of erutpion), Vatnsdalur (190-200 km to the north), and Borgarfjörður (~150 km to the northwest).

    Deflation of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano contiues. Compared to last seven days, the output from the volcano has been slowly decreasing but the activity has been pulsating and further changes in overall activity can be expected. Presently there are no indications that the eruption is about to end.

    The above is based on a status report issued collectively by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at 12:00 today.

  601. #605 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    I live in Linz and i totally agree with you, that Niki Lauda just cares for his business and not for peoples lives.
    And if you or anyone else here on this blog, should happen to be in Linz, contact me, maybe you are interested in astronomy or our universe too. I work in a muesum and do guided tours there and we have a supercool programm called uniview where you can travel across our universe over a distance of 13,7 billion years back to the big bang. If you contact me, i ll give you a special show.

  602. #606 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    Ash is NOT completely HARMLESS. It is an abrasive substance the melts inside the jet engine and tears up the turbine blades and can easily shut down jet engines. Several damage reports were floating around in April, from the military aircraft flying through the ash, and a civilian airliner experiencing engine damage. The airlines are playing with FIRE and PEOPLE’S LIVES, in the name of “profit”. God forbid there is an unfortunate accident, that will cost lives and hundreds of millions of dollars and SHUT DOWN a good part of European airspace temporarily.

  603. #607 Suw
    May 9, 2010

    @MerlinUK586 @birdseyeUSA Yup, that’s m’baby! I do have an ulterior motive for collecting all these links, which I’ll be able to reveal in a few months, all being well, but if in the meantime they are useful, I’ll be very happy. As I’ve said, it is a wiki so it is editable by anyone who wants to make an account, so if anyone feels like adding links I’ve missed, go for it!

    Right, my husband is on his way back from Budapest, but my house guest has, I think, had her flight cancelled. :/

  604. #608 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    @Kultsi, the only way I know of forecasting potential magma rise is by pattern recognition of repositioned/validated EQ swarms (as happened in last 24 hours). Clearly, magma is continuing to rise from depths > 10 Km, and appears consistent with decreased icecap loading, increased pore pressure action in the top 200-300 m subglacial depth and in the flood plains below Eyjaf.

    Also note that IMO mentioned (yesterday) that the meltwater had apparently changed paths from N to E, indicating new magma movement direction, possibly consistent with the observed second vent reported by Fireman yesterday. Unless we have an recon flight photo showing the second vent location, we have no way of knowing if it’s a pre-existing or new vent, or that the new vent is the source of the magma flow path change.

  605. #609 Jón Frímann
    May 9, 2010

    Yesterday there where two earthquakes with the depth of 30.6km and 30.2km. This is the deepest earthquakes that I have seen so far happen in Eyjafjallajökull. Both earthquakes where small.

    GPS data from THEY show that the inflation has once started in Eyjafjallajökull. This has happened mostly on the north-south direction of the mountain. Currently there is no deflation or inflation in east-west direction in Eyjafjallajökull.

  606. #610 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @passerby or JónF So where is the meltwater direction change showing up?

  607. #611 Susan/TX
    May 9, 2010

    @passerby, could you say a little more about pore pressure action in the current situation?

  608. #612 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Must have been detected as a change in meltwater flow (Q) monitoring (Skógafoss?) station data.

  609. #613 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    Can anyone give me a current link to the GPS data? The Háskóli Íslands site is woefully out of date, last updates from May 5; IMO has four available, but there are five more in the vicinity.

  610. #614 Jón Frímann
    May 9, 2010

    @Kultsi, Here are the web page for the current GPS data. It is in Icelandic.

  611. #615 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    @Jón Thanks for the link! However, that data is already in a handier form here – and both links still don’t provide current readings for the five HI GPS stations.

  612. #616 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    aargh – voda just dropped out

  613. #617 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    Hi guys,
    Is there a time lapse cathing yesterday evening’s lava burst? It was spectacular, but I only saw a few frames from the webcam… Thx!

  614. #618 M. Randolph Kruger
    May 9, 2010

    The latest ash forecast. Surface to 35,000 in most places in two different strata. Surface to 20, 20 up to 35,000.

    The South of Spain continues clear of this. Aircraft reroutes are now carrying them north of Iceland, adding an hour or so or South to the African states or South Spain. Even so Algeciras has yet to be closed due to this.

    The airlines are going to have to come up with something soon. The SDR’s (Service Difficulty Reports) have jumped across the board for all of the trans-atlantic hoppers and quite a bit for the regionals. Conductive ash in actuator boxes, acidic in air systems. The biggest write ups right now are for air systems (big surprise) but engine abrasion is being noted. Not terribly so just jet but one blade on a Trent costs about 10,000 bucks and more than a lot of money to replace.

    A lot of engine joint point erosion and corrosion is also being noted. They can blend it out and balance it for the better part, but if this doesnt stop soon they will simply because of the economics of being in business.

  615. #619 dubliner
    May 9, 2010

    I never knew that there was a long-recognized connection between seismic activity and detectable electric and magnetic fluctuations.

    My interest was raised when I came across where there is a report that

    “…in the month of December, 1821, and which in some cases was accompanied with an agitation of the magnetic needle, brought many persons to conjecture that some tremendous convulsion of nature must have visited some part of the globe. This conjecture has at last been verified by a volcanic eruption of the old volcano of Eyafjeld Jokkul, which has been in a quiet state since the year 1612.”

    Everywhere these days we read of seismometer readings, etc., but are electrical and magnetic forces monitored in relation to the present volcanic activity in Iceland? If so, are they to be viewed online anywhere?

    Another interesting paper I hope to finish reading shortly:

    and in Wikipedia I found that the term Geomagnetic Jerk can be used:

    and Impulsive Jerk:

    Thanks again to all for making this area of science more interesting, a little more intelligible, (and thankfully humourous) for non-academics like me.

  616. #620 Ruby
    May 9, 2010

    I just had a quick look at the Katla cam it looks like quite a beautiful day there

  617. #621 Karl UK
    May 9, 2010

    #616 Randolph do ypu have a source for the SDR’s? I’ve long suspected that what we will see is no major incident, hopefully, but a general degrading of the european airline hardware, which is going to cost a lot of money down the line. With $100.00 oil a tipping point for the industry ($75.00+ at the moment) this is just another nail in the industry’s coffin.

  618. #622 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    The airlines must balance nonessential air traffic flow against ash-induced damage (surface abrasion, oxidation and air-intake/instrument systems clogging).

    My suggestion still stands: offer incentives for nonessential flight cancellation or rebooking to move elective air travel to a later, safer date or choose alternate locations outside of Europe. Even better, work out deals to reroute regional hopper traffic to ground transportation within Europe.

    As much as 1/2 of the air travel passenger load is nonessential (nonbusiness, elective). After the first major mishap, fewer passengers will be inclined towards accepting flight risk.

  619. #623 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    Mea culpa. The data was on the HI site, only it was not in the short period plots. Looks like the south side of the mountain is bulging.

  620. #624 Peter Cobbold
    May 9, 2010

    @Bruce 531 It will be interesting to see if any of our academic colleagues have seen such regular EQ rate oscillations before.
    There’s certainly a huge amount of data to be mined judging by results of a web search for “earthquake swarm”.
    But we do need better ways to visualise the data, ideally in 3D with selectable time periods…etc etc.
    Seems a pity all that hard won data should be sitting out there, and us here willing to interrogate it.

  621. #625 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    #621: Sad, innit. You guys are ready to fire up your Matlabs and Octaves, if only you can get the hi-octane data fuel for’em.

  622. #626 d9tRotterdam
    May 9, 2010

    Hello folks here’s yesterdays time lapse from the Vodafone camera 6 May 2010
    starting when the clouds broke and finishing when the camera broke…

  623. #627 cristihan Ro
    May 9, 2010

    Thx d9tRotterdam, but how about the Þórólfsfelli camera time lapse? 🙁

  624. #628 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    Ah, so many posts; so little time. LOL

    @Helen #494, I am envious! I would love to see Stromboli, Etna, and Pompeii.

    @Bruce, I hope your seizmologist friend will be able to take a couple of moments to give us some of his ideas. I know why he is so busy with all the aftershocks from the Baja quake. CA is getting a lot of them along the border and also they tend to head up north and turn toward the NE. According to John McPhee, the Gulf of CA is eventually going to meet with the Salton Sea again and the water will go up into NV. That will take a long, long, long time. There is a tale that talks about a Spanish ship that is supposed to be buried in the desert because at that time, the water from the Gulf of CA was up as far as the Salton Sea. How it got separated in the mean time, I have no idea.

  625. #629 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    looks like the second plume just showed up on Thoro with steam between it and main plume…

  626. #630 PeakVT
    May 9, 2010

    Has anyone found aerial photographs of the crater from yesterday or today? I searched the big photo-sharing sites and didn’t find any.

    Also, does the IMO or IES have an archive accessible? I believe the IGG does overfights almost daily, but I’ve only found the few images they put out in press releases.

  627. #631 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010
  628. #632 La Kat
    May 9, 2010

    For anybody who may be new to volcanology (and this site), and has become an enthusiast after being inspired by Eyjafjallajokull’s beauty and awesome power – here is a brilliant video about Icelandic volcanoes by Sir David Attenborough.


  629. #633 Hank Roberts
    May 9, 2010

    So, I’m curious, now that the cloud’s moving around and the airlines are trying to avoid it — are there any seaplanes still in regular service capable of landing in the ocean to do a rescue for an aircraft if one does lose its engines and manage to ditch successfully at sea? What would the response time be to get a load of inflatable rafts and rescuers to drop by helicopter, if needed?

    Yes, I’m aware how few successful aircraft ditchings at sea have been accomplished.

  630. #634 Jón Frímann
    May 9, 2010

    There is something big going on at the eruption site. The plume got bigger all of sudden and it is now getting a lot higher now then few hours ago.

  631. #635 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010

    You can see it very well on the vodacam

  632. #636 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    That would be the latest injection of fresh magma into the crater vent system, indicated by the EQs rising from deep to shallow of the past day, the second such injection in a week (clearly shown on the Eyjaf data synoptis webpage,, under the translated graph title, ‘Functionality of Eyjaf last 15 days).

  633. #637 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Seems you might need to have special access to that page – got message to that effect

  634. #638 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010

    @Passerby Do you have a direct link to under the translated graph title, ‘Functionality of Eyjaf last 15 days? I can’t find it. Thanks!

  635. #639 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    Faces in the ash
    Some are fearful some are not
    They reflect us all.

  636. #640 Cornelis
    May 9, 2010

    This is a great place to get info about the eruption. We have been in Iceland once, and were very surprised by the greatness of Mother Nature. This eruption shows us how small mankind is, wow!

    @633, 634:


  637. #641 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    @632/633 Drop the comma at the end and it works. The graph title is:
    Graf sem sýnir virkni við Eyjafjallajökul síðustu 15 daga

  638. #642 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    @Dagmar Ithink this is the link Passerby meant to put up (too much punctuation in the link he posted 🙂

  639. #643 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Now we have an opportunity to do something constructive: assist in promoting civil defense preparedness and hazard awareness for Katla and Eyjaf eruption meltwater flood and ash events.

    Free, recently published pdf technical paper you can access and download for educational purposes.

    Resident perception of volcanic hazards and evacuation procedures. D. K. Bird, G. Gisladottir, and D. Dominey-Howes. (2009). Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 251-266, doi:10.5194/nhess-9-251-2009.

    See also, Supplement, hyper-linked at the bottom of the abstract web page, cited above (the evaluation survey sent out in 2009 met with dismal results – an alarming situation that MUST be remedied).

    It would be PRUDENT for IMO to expediently consider offering public access to this paper/survey in their News section. They should urge the authors for permission to reapply the survey cooperatively with the Civil Defense Dept. If authors, journal and agency parties are amendable, the survey should be distributed by mail as soon as possible to all area residential households. The survey results and discussion/analysis should be requested from the authors and applied,

    This would be the ideal public awareness tool to address risk reduction and improve Civil Defense response readiness for the upcoming eruption at Katla, which I can just about guarantee will take place in the next 6-18 months, as the precursor conditions are present and progressing as expected.

  640. #645 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    Haha … I’m a bit slow today. Must remember to hit refresh before I post 🙂

  641. #646 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010

    Ah! Thanks all 🙂

  642. #647 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @passerby639 see Maybe a useful contact ?

  643. #648 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Web page link:

    Should paste it into Google and choose the translation link in the results page. That will give you the graphics title translations. The graph shows recent EQs plotted by date, magnitude, depth and Lat-Long coordinates.

    My other post, above, is relevant here, because the authors applied to the test survey to area residents to assess readiness of Icelanders to a Katla eruptions, fortuitously. Last couple of sentences in abstract:

    ‘ Our survey shows that despite living within the hazard zone, many residents do not perceive that their homes could be affected by a jökulhlaup, and many participants who perceive that their homes are safe, stated that they would not evacuate if an evacuation warning was issued.

    Alarmingly, most participants did not receive an evacuation message during the exercise (conducted in 2006). However, the majority of participants who took part in the exercise were positive about its implementation. This assessment of resident knowledge and perception of volcanic hazards and the evacuation plan is the first of its kind in this region. Our data can be used as a baseline by the Icelandic Civil Defence for more detailed studies in Iceland’s volcanic regions.’

    My guess is that the survey/evacuation drill will receive considerably improved participation response, now that Eyjaf has erupted with several major meltwater events.

  644. #649 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    Passerby, I hope the people of Iceland will take seriously the possibility of Katla erupting in the next couple of years. Anyone who is living near Katla and the glacial tongues that are reaching the bottom or near the bottom of the cliffs, ect., should pay heed to the jokulhlaup hazard. I hope they will.

    I think you have a good point. Do we know if IMO is checking in here to see what is being discussed?

  645. #650 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    On the THORO cam, the visual camera on top, open to “full screen” on your computer. Notice the vents in the forefront are steaming once again. The main plume is looking very healthy, like the eruption is increasing slightly. The visual camera appears to be working much better today, updated a few times a minute.

  646. #651 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    For Boris:

    Quantitative assessment of volcanic ash hazards for health and infrastructure at Mt. Etna (Italy) by numerical simulation. (2010) Barsotti, S., Andronico, D., Neri, A., Del Carlo, P., Baxter, P.J., et al. J. Volcanology Geothermal Res. 192(1-2):85-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.02.011

  647. #652 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    >Do we know if IMO is checking in here to see what is being discussed?

    Yes, and other agencies as well.

  648. #653 Thomas Nygreen
    May 9, 2010

    The Norwegian national broadcaster (NRK) aired a National Geographic show on the Fimmvörðuháls/Eyafjöll eruption(s). The narration is in Norwegian, but parts are in English (and Icelandic…). The show can be viewed here: (Perhaps only within Norway)

    Seems like National Geographic is going to wait a bit before airing on its own channels:

  649. #654 bea
    May 9, 2010

    Quite some show of our lady on Vodafone cam but wondering why FLIR looks totally different

  650. #655 Birgit
    May 9, 2010

    I think i see big explosions on voda.

  651. #656 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 9, 2010

    Also the Hvolsvelli webcame shows a nice big cloud

  652. #657 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    totally jealous of all of you who can get voda to load! I had it for l while a good deal earlier, now – pfft.

  653. #658 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    Interview with Ari Trausti Guðmundsson and aerial footage of Gígjökull in a RUV newsclip:

  654. #659 Merlin, UK
    May 9, 2010

    Well done Suw @605 ! – Look forward to the unveiling of the project

  655. #660 Birgit
    May 9, 2010
  656. #661 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 9, 2010

    #653: would be nice to have an translation… my Islandic is not up to that.
    But the pictures are awsome.

  657. #662 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @6 55Birgit Europe vs. eastern US, I expect – no links to Voda work for me, and nothing posted on picasa for today so far

  658. #663 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    @657 birdseye It’s working fine for me down here. I deo wish the picasa was being updated though.

  659. #664 Diana, Germany
    May 9, 2010

    @ birdseye: Also in Germany no Voda or Picasa works today.

  660. #665 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 9, 2010

    #659 Diana: for me here in Switzerland works Voda fine, only the Picasa is not updated.

  661. #666 bea
    May 9, 2010

    @diana voda works in germany

  662. #667 Tintin
    May 9, 2010

    WOW… Look at the FLIR Camera Now…

  663. #668 Diana, Germany
    May 9, 2010

    @660 Lavendel “O2 can’t do”??! 🙂

  664. #669 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    Looking at the mountain from different sides, it sure looks there is a source of steam somewhere in the NE corner, or otherwise the clouds forming are fooling us.

  665. #670 bea
    May 9, 2010

    Nice view also from Hvolsvelli

  666. #671 Ilvy, Weimar, Germany
    May 9, 2010

    @ Bea & Lavendel: I get in Weimar/ Germany, where I am this week-end, also no Voda and Picasa.

  667. #672 Lavendel
    May 9, 2010

    #663, Diana : meaning what? (habe lange Leitung heute)

  668. #673 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    #656: It’s a discussion re the lava-made ice tunnel and its collapse and the cameraman being back to his excellent old form, followed by speculation on if the eruption will move from ash to lava and on the chances of the stream breaking through the ice in a few days.

  669. #674 Roland
    May 9, 2010

    #652 Try changing your computer clock to GMT, this was mentioned as a solution several threads back and may still work. Apparently the server likes to talk in that, or similar time zones.

  670. #675 Tintin
    May 9, 2010

    Will release the TIMELAPSE movie from the FLIR Camera tomorrow… (FLIR-2010-05-09)

  671. #676 Diana, Germany
    May 9, 2010

    I am on a business trip and tried to connect today with Voda via a web & surf stick from O2. And this does not work. Also they say in their advertising eyerytime “O 2 can do! 😉

  672. #677 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010
  673. #678 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 9, 2010

    #668 Reynir Thanks! I thought as much, but couldn’t get enough to be sure.

  674. #679 Fireman
    May 9, 2010

    A bunch of fascinating new photos from my friend Gummi, taking volcanologists up near the vents – setting up COSPEC etc:

    Any of the professionals here recognise any of the faces?

  675. #680 Volcanophile
    May 9, 2010

    Judging by the colour of the ash emitted, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was even more silicic now then how it was 3-4 days ago….

    Ash is almost white on Hvolvelli… same colour as Chaitén’s..

    Very very similar…

    Will Eyjaf grow a lava dome also?

  676. #681 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 9, 2010

    #671 Diana: thanks – okay… now you see how much the advertasing is worth 😛

  677. #682 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    @671 Maybe O2 and Vodafone don’t mix 🙂 Seriously now, I just figured out something: the refresh rate is higher than the speed I get from my ISP (Orange, imagine that :)) and I always got the impression that I can’t connect to that camera. It also starts loading somewhere lower in the page, so if you don’t scroll you can’t see it. What it DOES work is moving back the time-slider, which will give you the image from earlier on, which is also loading fully. Hope it helps for others too

  678. #683 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Fireman’s buddy blog mentions gas detection using COSPEC. For those curious about it:

    COSPEC method explanation webpage, USGS –

  679. #684 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @674 Fireman,wow, thanks; ask your friend Gummi if somewhere on a photo he could describe the sound ..just a roar? what?

  680. #685 Suw
    May 9, 2010

    @Fireman, did you see the screen grab from the FLIR camera that I got, corroborating your double plume?

  681. #686 Diana, Germany
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks a lot at cristihan 677: It works! I am connected! 🙂

  682. #687 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    Help!! I went to full screen and now I can’t get out of it. LOL Will someone please tell me how to get out of it?

  683. #688 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    #682) Hit the escape key (ESC) :0).

  684. #689 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    I forgot to say I have a pc with XP on my system.

  685. #690 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    @Diana 681: well, just giving back to the community 😉

  686. #691 Diana, Germany
    May 9, 2010

    @ Diane #682: You can try ESC.

  687. #692 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    @ Robert, I did hit the escape key and it didn’t work. It’s ok now. I managed to get the command window and got it off. Whew! I don’t think I am going to do that again. I even tried to reboot and that didn’t work. LOL

  688. #693 Fireman
    May 9, 2010

    @ birdseyeUSA – I’ll ask!

    @ Suw – yes I saw that, thanks. Interesting that the plume from that other vent was jet black. Although I haven’t seen any further activity from that area. Could it have been just a phreatic event remobilising old accumulated tephra? That would explain the brief duration and the black colour. But then, it looked pretty hot on the thermal imager…

    I think Jón Frímann is right; I get the general impression, just a feeling, that the vigour is up but the volume is down; I think the vents are getting clogged. I’ll be interested to see how the system copes with that and what happens next.

  689. #694 renee
    May 9, 2010

    WARNING Gremlins on the Poro cam How far can she shoot a lava bomb?

  690. #695 Brian
    May 9, 2010

    Apologies if this has been explained but what is the origin of the little white puffs of steam originating halfway down the left flank of the volcano as seen on the Hvolsvelli cam?
    Its quite regular definitely not a cloud. I thought I couldn’t see the lava track from this view.

  691. #696 eddie
    May 9, 2010

    Get out of the way you silly boy! LOL

    Really, Hi!, but you’re only bringing closer the time when someone moons on the webcam.

  692. #697 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    What’s stupid on the Vodafone’s refreshing feed, is that it loads the same image twice, then positions the top one to see the right side and bottom one to see the left side – it’s the same picture as on Picasa; if you copy either top or bottom, you get the whole five yards.

    The GSM data connection dongles are OK as far as you are in a G3 network; once they revert to GPRS, they are almost useless. Open WLAN networks are more useful, but be sure to have your security system up to date – well, that goes for any kind of Internet connection today.

  693. #698 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    @Diane 682 I sometimes get hung-up in the fullscreen images too. I think it has something to do with Adobe/Flash (but I’m a non-techy so don’t ask me to figure it out!). I end up having to log off and log back on and it fixes itself somehow. I did panic the first couple of times it happened though.

  694. #699 Steve , UK
    May 9, 2010

    Fantastic shots now on Hvolsvelli cam, with the sunlight on the plume and not the mountain!

  695. #700 Suw
    May 9, 2010

    @fireman #688 Upthread, Birdseye (#626) said he saw a second plume too, so there are at least two of these events. I don’t have the expertise to know how to interpret them, however, but the FLIR seems to show that they are as hot as the main plume. I’ll have to leave a discussion of what that means exactly to real volcanologists!

  696. #701 Tony M
    May 9, 2010

    IS Katla Steaming?

  697. #702 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    @Brian 690 That is the glacier tongue/meltwater/lava track that you can see on the left flank as seen from the Hvolsvell cam.

    The Hvolsvell webcam is northwest of the glacier, the tongue is on the north edge.

  698. #703 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    Want to take up a collection to get Mila to install a loudspeaker under the webcam? LOL…

  699. #704 Misplaced Brit
    May 9, 2010

    Just a quick tip for those who’re having problems getting off Full Screen Mode when viewing the web cams.

    If pressing ESC doesn’t work, try right clicking on the screen and pressing toggle full screen. I use this every time on my laptop and it works. Better than having to reboot all the time.

  700. #705 Brian
    May 9, 2010

    @697 Thanks beedragon. For some reason or other I had never seen it on this camera and wasn’t sure from the map whether it should be visible. Maybe there had always been clouds in the way.

  701. #706 Diane N CA
    May 9, 2010

    Beedragon, LOL, yes I can relate. I am definitely NOT computer saavy. What I was able to do was get the command bar up and it had the command for full screen so I hit that and it took it off. Now, if it happens again, I know what to do.

  702. #707 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    Awesome shot on Mulakot right now.

  703. #708 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    For the fullscreen problem, try ALT+TAB, when it switches to another window it gets out of fullscreen too 😉

  704. #709 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010
  705. #710 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Mulakot webcam has a glorious sunkissed plume image of the eruption – worthy of a screensaver photo.

  706. #711 Kyle
    May 9, 2010

    Fantastic viewing conditions at the moment, do we know if the clouds and fog are going to roll in quickly like the last few nights?

  707. #712 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    #696: No, I don’t think so. The clouds nearby formed on a steep ridge, and the sky above Katla is too burnt out to tell.

  708. #713 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    Well, Vodafone is down, once again.

  709. #714 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    #705: Agree. Just wish the Vodafone cams hadn’t hung again.

  710. #715 Nancy, Netherlands
    May 9, 2010

    @Brian 690 and Beedragon697
    I don’t think its the glacier. You can see that steam plume also on the Mulakot cam and it wasn’t there before.
    The lava must be flowing in a new direction.

  711. #716 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    @fireman @Suw: I saw this on Múlakot cam. Is that what you called “double plume”?

  712. #717 kingbrilliant
    May 9, 2010

    #696 – I think it must be cloud we can see on the Katla cam – it doesn’t seem to be moving much.

  713. #718 Kyle
    May 9, 2010

    @710 that steam plume is the one you can see up the middle of the Gígjökull outlet glacier on the Þórólfsfell cam.

  714. #719 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Think it may be very course ash particles dropping out of the cloud, rather than a double plume.

  715. #720 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    Some nice colours in the sky on the Katla cam.

  716. #721 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #695 #714
    For what I saw the placement is consistent with the thermo image, isn’t it? Considering the direction N-S on Thora and W-SE on Mulakot?

  717. #722 Kyle
    May 9, 2010

    oh darn, which of you ordered the clouds?

  718. #723 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    Re: the second dark plume.

    What would a BIG lava bomb flying half a mile (800 m) and hitting the glacier look like very soon after it hits the ice?

  719. #724 beedragon Canada
    May 9, 2010

    Go fullscreen on Hvolsvell… eruptions just becoming visible 🙂

  720. #725 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    Oh, goody… the Vodafone cams are back.

  721. #726 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @714 Passerby Have been watching all afternoon – when the renewed activity started, there was a burst in front (from Thoro’s point of view) and at one point soon thereafter, FLIR showed a divided plume. It’s smaller – on Hvol it seems that there’s the big plume (ash and all) and then a small plume pops up in front. Dunno – have been screen-shotting regularly but haven’t a clue how to get them up where someone else could see – have never used any online photo programs, such a computer dork, and on Mac at that, so Windows instructions don’t help – and I prefer not to use anything online where I have to pay – except maybe Amazon, which I don’t think will help! Luddite, sorry – Snail mail?? LOL

  722. #727 kingbrilliant
    May 9, 2010

    #714 Flickr is free for basic use. Go to and you can register for free. Its tied in somehow with yahoo accounts. If you already have a yahoo account then I guess it might let you use that – or you could create a whole new account. Hope that makes sense / is useful.

  723. #728 thor
    May 9, 2010

    and enter the clouds!!

    it seems like Eyafjöll is now spewing more lava again, its wisible on the crater rims..

  724. #729 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    @721 birdseye, the web galleries are also web driven: all the controls for picture uploading are right there on the screen. All you have to know is the directory (well, the kids say folder) in which you have the pictures, so it should be quite easy. There are many galleries to choose from, with Picasa Web and flickr perhaps being the best known.

    And yes, the instructions are bound to be on web as well.

  725. #730 Reynir Heiðberg, .is
    May 9, 2010

    Hoo-boy! I thought I was the last person with a computer to set up a Flickr or Photobucket account.

  726. #731 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    No Reynir, you are not: I still haven’t got one! Any photos I want to share are on FB.

  727. #732 thor
    May 9, 2010

    Btw,. can any one tell me, is this a type of Volcano that can produce Pyroclastic flows?
    And if, why arent we seeing them rushing down the slopes?

  728. #733 Steve, UK
    May 9, 2010

    wow – first time I’ve seen the lava shots, (Hvolsvelli cam) live! I need to go to bed, its nearly midnight here and I’ve got to be up at 6am, but I just can’t take my eyes off it!

  729. #734 Carla - Seattle
    May 9, 2010

    There is finally a decent view from the weather station cam so you can see where Eyja is in relation to the house landmarks. This is a marvelous low-quality painterly scene.

  730. #735 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010
  731. #736 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    All of mine are posted through Flickr and posted on my WUnderground blog (link on name).
    Kultsi, but only your friends see them on FB. 😉

  732. #737 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 9, 2010

    @727 Thank all the gods that we are not seeing them! That said, there was some footage that showed some on top of the glacier, just not the kind that kill tens of thousands of people.

  733. #738 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    We now have new Picasa pictures.

  734. #739 kingbrilliant
    May 9, 2010

    Is Hvolsvelli cam usually this dramatic? I haven’t watched this late recently, so not sure whether its just because low light or whether it is doing something unusual.

  735. #740 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    From what I see, I estimate that the lava burst reach 100-200 m height (at least)! Should be pretty impressive to watch closer…

  736. #741 Fireman
    May 9, 2010

    @ birdseyeUSA 679: I have an answer for you. “When we where up there it was not so loud, but two days prior to this trip I was at Gigjokull and it was like separate explosions, and very loud.”

    That kinda makes sense… the acoustic energy is going *up* from the crater, it probably sounds louder from a reasonable distance than from where they were 500-1000M away.

  737. #742 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    @729 Carla That picture show one of the things that struck me while I was there.

    “Yes Dear, I think the perfect spot for our house is right ……………… there!” 😉

  738. #743 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    @734 No, it’s really dramatic! Yesterday I thought was impressive, but now it’s an almost endless lava burst. I also think the FLIR camera show bigger heat prints. And did by any chance the tremor increased or what?

  739. #744 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks all, I ‘ll try some later, this is the first time I’ve had a ticket to the show! : )))))

  740. #745 kingbrilliant
    May 9, 2010

    Thoro cam is stunning !!! Nothing new in terms of EQ or tremors on the IMO site.

  741. #746 cristihan RO
    May 9, 2010

    2 AM here so I should be going, I hope this time we’ll have a time lapse for the entire show from someone with the proper tools 🙂 Pleeeaaaasee! 🙂

  742. #747 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Wonder if we have had coalescence of several vents, with respect to the fairly broad base of incandescence visible on the Hvolsvelli cam this evening.

  743. #748 parclair NoCal
    May 9, 2010

    this is the best evening yet~!:)

  744. #749 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010

    Wow it seems to me that the lave is getting higher and higher

  745. #750 Shelly
    May 9, 2010

    Not had time for Ej today due to family commitments, looks like she’s saved the best for me.. lol :)12.21 am here, no work for me tomorrow so I just might do a night shift if the clouds stay away..

  746. #751 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #742 @Passerby:”Wonder if we have had coalescence of several vents, with respect to the fairly broad base of incandescence visible on the Hvolsvelli cam this evening.”
    That’s what it looks like to me!

  747. #752 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    It’s really spectacular! Looking on Múlakot cam, if you are lucky, you can see the lava rising from the spot where we saw the “second vent”. Maybe it was then digging it’s way out and that it finally succeeded.

  748. #753 Jennifer in Portland
    May 9, 2010

    Wow, this is really spectacular. But what happened to the steam plume from the glacier (in the Thoro cam?) Did the lava cool off enough that no more steam is rising there? My apologies if this has already been discussed.

  749. #754 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    EQ swarm commensing at Eyjaf, NW to SE axis. Magma movement to the South.

    Civil Defense should be on their toes tonight.

  750. #755 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    Absolutely stunning tonight! Fantastico! How high do you think that lava is going?

  751. #756 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    We have groundwater movement to the North in the floodplain.

  752. #757 Dagmar
    May 9, 2010

    The lava is getting more explosive!

  753. #758 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    By the Grace of God “E” is giving the entire world a magnificent magma/lava display at11:35PM Icelandic time. Hope the low clouds and fog hold off for awhile tonight so we can all stare at “E” in amazement :o).

  754. #759 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Deep magma movement indicated by EQ depth >20 Km.

    Something is up, IMO.

  755. #760 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    Groundwater and visitors. That guy in the cam is getting one of the best shows yet.

  756. #761 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @742,746,passerby, Reynir, that’s what I’ve been thinking.

  757. #762 Bjarni, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
    May 9, 2010

    That guy just added slightly to the flow of the Markarfljót river.

  758. #763 pgen FR
    May 9, 2010

    Lava visible in the slope as a bright orange dash, on the right of top of little steam plume…

  759. #764 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Heads-up to UK Met – London VAAC. That southward traveling highP will be pulling plume ash to low altitude in the upcoming 6-12 hours.

  760. #765 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    Three recent quakes under our erupting “E volcano, looks like we’re back to the real explosive activity :o). Link to recent quakes near “E”:

  761. #766 pgen FR
    May 9, 2010

    Lava visible in the slope as a bright orange dash, on the right of top of little steam plume… (noticed yesterday evening… but I was not sure until…)

  762. #767 Jennifer
    May 9, 2010

    What do you think it *sounds* like to the guy standing in front of the Thoro cam? (Apart from all the people saying “move, please” from thousands of miles away…)?

  763. #768 Brian
    May 9, 2010

    That was a big bang that pushed the plume right out of the top of the frame.

  764. #769 Carla - Seattle
    May 9, 2010

    Just switched to the Hvolsvelli cam. Look how tall the plume is. (What Brian said in #763.)

  765. #770 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #758 “Lava visible in the slope as a bright orange dash, on the right of top of little steam plume…” – could it be a rolling lava bomb?
    #742 #746
    We have to theories here for the presumed “double plume”
    1. A far-thrust lava bomb producing heat and plume
    2. The vent growing southwards.
    What do you think?

  766. #771 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    It’s Götterdämmerung!

  767. #772 Buckster
    May 9, 2010

    Oh my – shes extremely active tonight !

  768. #773 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @passerby I don’t think they’ve coalesced yet – quick very bright blast on Thorocam from behind the dark plume, almost white – red stuff going on in front but not simultaneous- couldn’t catch the white light.

  769. #774 Benjamin Franz
    May 9, 2010

    #765: Definitely NOT a rolling lava bomb. I would guess a chance line-of-sight directly to the lava stream.

  770. #775 Brian
    May 9, 2010

    @768 Confirm the white light. Like a magnesium burst. I didn’t get to the button quickly enough either.

  771. #776 kingbrilliant
    May 9, 2010

    #768 – I saw that white flash on Thoro too. What would that be?

  772. #777 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    hvolsvelli cam, what is the source of the flaring diffuse light in the midfield (in the meltwater valley)??

    We got lava flowing there as well??

  773. #778 Buckster
    May 9, 2010

    Lava seemingly much more visible on the downward slope now ? I can see several instances of “red” glowing even on the visible cam. Is the lava flow currently greater than that previously ?

  774. #779 Alastair Preston
    May 9, 2010

    Just got a short-lived glimpse of lava about 1/3 of the way down Gigajökul

  775. #780 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #765 #769 OK. It’s difficult to tell. Image is crashing constantly. But I can see the glow.

  776. #781 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Got stuck with that the other night, think it’s cars going behind the hill, they tell me the road takes two turns there.

  777. #782 Dasnowskier
    May 9, 2010

    Just an amazing show at dusk. Wow. What do you call a Strombolian eruption with a 20K ft ash plum ?

  778. #783 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    Negatory. Not car lights, far too large a light source.

  779. #784 Birger Johansson
    May 9, 2010

    Your colleague at “The dynamics of cats” has posted a link to another webcam and added a link for volcano enthusiasts who want to buy fresh volcanic ash: (and if you want the shark meat as well, it is not really “putrefied”, only “fermented”).

  780. #785 thor
    May 9, 2010

    Dasnowskier you call it Amazing,.

    Now, Eyafjäll reminds me of “Dantes peak”

  781. #786 Raving
    May 9, 2010

    Here is a memory for you

  782. #787 Dylan Ray
    May 9, 2010

    @Dasnowskier – The next level of eruption after Strombolian is Vulcanian.


  783. #788 emero
    May 9, 2010

    I think, experts are mesmerized, but we need your evaluation:)

  784. #789 kingbrilliant
    May 9, 2010

    I agree with the car lights theory – the light pans just the way headlights do. Also same happens to the far-left occasionally.

  785. #790 Birger Johansson
    May 9, 2010

    @780 “Dantes peak”
    …another religious reference: I am told the description of the mountain of Sinai is probably a folk memory of a middle east volcano, later superimposed on the biggest (non-volcanic) mountain in the region.
    I can absolutely understand why early nomads would associate Yah (or Lah, as in Al-lah) with something like this…

  786. #791 Ruby
    May 9, 2010

    This is just amazing but it is 1.15am here and I have to be up at 7am so I have told myself 1.30 and thats it I will have to go to bed, but some how I don’t think I’ll be able to tear myself away from the screen

  787. #792 Buckster
    May 9, 2010

    I can’t remember last evening I watched at this time of night when it wasn’t cloudy – but is this unusual or normal tonight ? Just seems increadible the amount of explosive lava ?

  788. #793 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    Have seen the lights numerous times. The pattern is the exact same every time. Also looked at Google and you can see road there. The distances are deceiving. Smoke/humidity accentuate the lights. The speed is similar each time too. Happens almost every night. Cars.

  789. #794 thor
    May 9, 2010

    I had to ask for Pyroclastic flows, and now she has an eruption that can lead to that..

    Vulcanic eruptions..

    Pyroclastic flows are a common features of this type of eruption. The gas streaming phase of these eruptions are characterised discrete canon-like explosions, which are a particular features of vulcanian eruptions. These expulsions of gas can reach supersonic velocities resulting in shock waves .
    The tephra is dispersed over a wider areas than that from Strombolian eruptions. The pyroclastic rock and the base surge deposits form an ash volcanic cone, while the ash covers a large surrounding area. The eruption ends with a flow of viscous lava. Vulcanian eruptions may throw large metre-size blocks several hundred metres, occasionally up to several kilometres.

    what else does Eyjafjöll keep up her sleeves?

  790. #795 Corproral_E
    May 9, 2010

    This is the first night that my family is not mad at me for staring at the cams. In fact, my wife and kids are actually ‘kinda’ watching it too! The lava bombs are so amazing!

    @Renato, I saw you mention Brazil earlier…o volcao e magnifico hoje, nao e? Eu falo bem, mas e muito deficio para escrever. Sou Americano, mais minha Mae e do Sao Paulo mesmo. Prazer

  791. #796 sunday
    May 9, 2010

    In my humble and diletantish opinion, not Vulcanian. More Strombolian-Hawaiian. Frequency of bursts seems higher than the one in typical Vulcanian.

  792. #797 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    If you go back and look at some of my posts from the last 2 threads and you will understand why it is so explosive. I have been saying for the last few days that we had entered a new phase and this was going to get nasty….I even told Erik and Boris this would happen and nobody believed me….Just a crazy old guy with eclectic volcano related prose, poetry and esoteric text;)

    “No one, ever listens to poor Zathras no, he’s quite mad they say. It is good that Zathras does not mind, has even grown to like it.”
    —-Zathras Babylon 5, War Without End

  793. #798 pgen FR
    May 9, 2010


    White flash grabbed…
    Lightning in ash plume ???

  794. #799 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    #790 @Corporal: Muito prazer! I was away from the computer because they’re showing Eyjafjallajökull on National Geographic channel! I’m kind of split in two. I don’t want to miss the show, either here or there. And tonight it’s been so special. We don’t have volcanoes in Brazil, so you can imagine how thrilling it is to witness this. OK. I’ll be back soon. Take care!

  795. #800 snotra viking, sweden
    May 9, 2010

    Screenshots from the Hvolsvelli cam from tonight´s show.

  796. #801 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    #794 @Renato: If it is the same Nat Geo show I saw the other night, it is pretty good until the Global Warming stuff. Great imagery.

    My 3 year old son is calling the lava bombs on the cams right now “Hot Pockets” lol.

  797. #802 sunday
    May 9, 2010

    Any explanation for that grayish-whitish line running diagonally from the hot spot at middle slope to the left of the glacier?

  798. #803 Fireman
    May 9, 2010

    “Zathras is used to being beast of burden to other people’s needs. Very sad life. Probably have very sad death. But, at least there is symmetry.”

  799. #804 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Look at the last EQ’s and their location and depth.

  800. #805 Scott, sg
    May 9, 2010

    #793 Not quite sure if your seeing the same thing, but I think what you might be looking at is Flashing Arc, Perret 1912.

    Could be gas flash points and all that, I think from memory CO is about 600C etc.

    Boris or someone will know all the details there though. Or correct me 😉

  801. #806 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    Anyone know what the cross-hairs and red triangle in the FLIR cam mean? Is that the hottest spot? I’ve noticed it periodically jumps down yo the lower white spot, even when the main eruption is going full bore.

  802. #807 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    “Yes, Zathras understand. Everyone always coming to Zathras with problems. Big responsibility but Zathras does not mind. Zathras trained in crisis management.”
    –Zathras Babylon 5, Conflicts Of Interest”

  803. #808 Shelly
    May 9, 2010

    I am sitting here in total awe of this lady, I haven’t seen her put on such a display as this before..

    Awesome! But scary!

  804. #809 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    Randall Nix, can you send Zathras to the Gulf Coast. We could use good crisis management. 😉

  805. #810 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    “Bomb is armed and fuel is lit” – this is how the National Geographic show on Eyjafjallajökull ends. And it sounds true to me…

  806. #811 Lurking
    May 9, 2010

    Well… it’s pretty obvious that there is a lot of pressure there now. Doing a fudge comparison with the camera’s viewing angle to the vent on Google Earth shows that that plume and debris is easily reaching 400 to 600 meters height.

    I’ve notices a few quakes at ≈8.3 km depth along a line to the base of the Reykjanes peninsula, likely following what is/will be connected to the Mid Atlantic Ridge in that area. Does this constitute a triple junction? Beats me. If so, that will be at least 3 of them in Iceland along the borders of it’s microplates. You can also see that there was some activity along a line ≈1.1 km depth towards the original ficcure eruption… and a couple of deeper ones a wee bit closer to Katla.

    For the experts out there… what are the possibilities that this magma will leak over into other nearby systems? Based on the historical record, it’s Hekla and Katla are both way early to be due for an eruption, Hekla only has a 10 year interval in her eruptions about 3.3% of the time, and Katla only has a ten year interval about 12.3% of the time. It’s been only about 10 years since they had activity. Torfajökull, off in left field north of Katla, has an eruption within 500 years 58% of the time, and it’s been 533 years since it’s last at 1477. The alignment of some of the quakes trends off towards the NE in that direction.

    None of this means squat as far as predictability goes… at least I don’t think it does.

  807. #812 Ruby
    May 9, 2010

    @Shelley I agree awesome but scary I hope the people down below will be ok, and yes I know I said I would have to go to bed at 1.30am to get up at 7 it is now 2am here but hey this is too good to miss

  808. #813 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Now she’s throwing lava bombs onto the top of the glacier where you can see them land! Looks like a new feed into the top lava stream, too, hot spots in the stream …

  809. #814 Shelly
    May 9, 2010

    @Ruby, At least I get a lie in tomorrow/today.. I booked a day off so I could webcam watch.. lol

    You must be on the same timezone as me NE UK, where are you?

  810. #815 greggig
    May 9, 2010

    I’ve been watching this lady since her awakening in April and reading all your comments here without saying anything. But now i can’t help but say that what I am watching tonight on Hvolsvelli and porolfsfelli cams is the most impressive live eruption I’ve ever seen.

  811. #816 Carla - Seattle
    May 9, 2010

    @Shelly: I know what you mean. I feel small yet exactly the right size against this incredible force. It’s a privilege to be able to see this happen in real time.

  812. #817 Zathras
    May 9, 2010

    No-one ever listen to Zathras.

  813. #818 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Dan, Florida I am already there in Pcola North Hill;)

  814. #819 Shelly
    May 9, 2010

    #810 Welcome Greggig.. This is the only live eruption I have ever seen! Technology, you gotta love it 🙂

  815. #820 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    LOL well that’s no help.

  816. #821 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Unfortunately I have another Babylon 5 quote for our situation and it’s not good….”The landslide has started. It’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”—Ambassador Kosh

  817. #822 Ruby
    May 9, 2010

    @Shelly Yes same time zone N.Ireland Uk, you couldn’t have booked off a better day for web cam watching lucky you I will have to drag myself off to bed very soon, well I’ll try:)

  818. #823 MadScientist
    May 9, 2010

    Nice fountain. 🙂

    Now I wish we had a network for distributing the live images so more people could see it without so much skipping etc. Anyway, you can see the sand plume on the visible cam, but with the scaling of the IR image due to the hot fountain, most of the mountain and the sky as well as the plume are invisible.

  819. #824 Robert Bordonaro
    May 9, 2010

    (#815)Hey Dan, are you enjoying the “E” eruption? I have several tabs going, the HVO cam, the POR/FLIR cam, Eruptions blog & WU blog, plus I am listening to Melissa Scott. This is almost as much fun as following a major hurricane :o).

  820. #825 Bill S
    May 9, 2010

    Timing the lava bombs from apogee to ground, assuming they are big enough not to reach terminal velocity, they are reaching up to 1200m.

  821. #826 Shelly
    May 9, 2010

    Steam has started pouring from the slope again, lava flowing? but then I’m probably stating the obvious. lol

  822. #827 Dan, Florida
    May 9, 2010

    Bord, I least I don’t have a vested interest in the volcano, at least until July maybe, when I head to UK.

    Hurricanes in the Gulf, you bet I’m on top of them, out of necessity.

  823. #828 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 9, 2010

    #822-Dan, don’t worry, “E” will still be in her eruption mode come July. And don’t have to worry about Hurricanes in the Gulf until at least July, at the earliest. The Gulf is warming but not many temps >80F, unless in/near the Loop Current.

  824. #829 Bill S
    May 9, 2010

    That latest blast had lava bombs taking 20 seconds to fall so 2000m!

  825. #830 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    Steam on Thoro cam is very strong.

  826. #831 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Bill S some of that could be in your connection or their website so it may not be quit that high…..but they are high maybe…1/2 to 2/3 that high.

  827. #832 Doug C
    May 9, 2010

    Great show tonight!

  828. #833 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @raving781 that’s the one that came right after , or shortly after, the white flash which must have set off the ice cream cone tower…I had both cams running.

  829. #834 Lurking
    May 9, 2010

    @ Dan, Florida [822]

    Did hear about the residents down on the coast in Walton county that went nuts over a crude oil sighting? Turns out it was peat from someone’s flower garden…

  830. #835 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    and dawn breaks in Iceland – that was quite a night!

  831. #836 Gina Ct
    May 9, 2010

    ejecting material about 1000 feet plume about 18000 feet

    visible light cameras take a averaged light reading across the entire field of view to set the f stop so it will get overloaded with a mostly dark background and a bright spot yealding white flashes when overloaded at the spot source

  832. #837 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    @GinaCT 831 – but how come that’s the only one seen at all all night? It was so bright and so fast – all the other explosions have been bright and have had white areas, but this was a single incredibly bright flash as though from a much hotter source – and the subsequent cloud is the only one that has shot straight up like a tower and been shaped like an ice cream cone on top – just curious ….

  833. #838 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Gina Ct did you see it a few hours ago? The ejecta went much higher than 1000ft and several times the plume went far higher than 18000ft….no trick of the light or quirk of the camera;)

  834. #839 birdseyeUSA
    May 9, 2010

    Gotta get some sleep – hope you on the night watch have good viewing too, this was a treat – tho not forgetting its consequences on the ground and in the air. Gina 831, I’ll be back and check for clues some more tomorrow, thanks. : )

  835. #840 Renato I Silveira
    May 9, 2010

    It was quite a night, indeed!!!
    And now to bed, ladies and gentlemen!
    @Corporal Desejo a todos de sua família um feliz dia das mães!
    Prazer em conhecê-los.
    Grande abraço.

  836. #841 Gina Ct
    May 9, 2010

    birdseye extremely hot ejection most likely equivalent to a brick of C4 going off flammable gasses possible

    Randall no i didn’t see it earlier but i wager you are right my est based on a 35-30 K height to the top of the image on the Hvolsvelli based cam and to many years being in avation

  837. #842 Holger, N California
    May 9, 2010

    @birdseye # 834

    Left coast night watch reporting for duty… 😉

    Busy week (work) and busy weekend (social obligations) didn’t allow me to watch much, but tonight I’ll get a few hours of volcano watching to relax. Fortunately, the show is quite good and will make up for missed views do to fog or work…

  838. #843 Gina Ct
    May 9, 2010

    but what i want to know is who stuck the pin in the dragons butt to get em so angry

  839. #844 Holger, N California
    May 9, 2010

    @Gina #838

    Earlier today I took my 10 year old to watch “How to train your dragon”. It was quite entertaining and the answer to your question is clearly “the vikings”, based on the movie.

    There were also several themes in the movie that reminded me a little bit about Iceland (or the little I know about it). BTW, how was that movie received in Iceland?

  840. #845 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Gina Ct Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus;)

  841. #846 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    What a show this has been. I hope everyone has a good watch tonight!

    @Renato Muito obrigado. Feliz dia das Maes tambem! Espero que o volcao continua essa show amanha! Mutio prazer, e ate logo! Abracos!

  842. #847 Guillermo
    May 9, 2010

    Erik, I think this is the all-time Eruptions record of number of comments, but many of them are useless (#839 per example)

  843. #848 Raving
    May 9, 2010

    Here are more nighttime memories

  844. #849 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Guillermo why you got to be like that? Really what did comment #842 add to the discussion…how useful was it….except to hurt someones feelings?

  845. #850 Gina Ct
    May 9, 2010

    midnight time to sleap

  846. #851 Corporal_E
    May 9, 2010

    I think that @842 is the most useless and callous comment on here…anyway, back to the volcano. It is impressive how visible the lava bombs still are even with sun rising.

  847. #852 Frito Lay
    May 9, 2010

    Right coast reporting for night duty, SIR!! 🙂

    Was out visiting all evening and managed to get my hosts hooked on the Hvols cam 🙂

  848. #853 Izzy
    May 9, 2010

    Silly question, but the snow/ice on E which we could see in April…did it all melt away due to the warmer weather, or is it because of the heat from the volcano?

  849. #854 Randall Nix
    May 9, 2010

    Izzy some melt mostly covered in ash.

    Corporal_E stay tuned there will be more fireworks;)

    Frito I hope you were able to see the show;)

  850. #855 Passerby
    May 9, 2010

    @842: As long as the casual chitchat remains at low volume, why make a fuss? This is an unusually polite technical web log; Eruptions is exemplary for it’s helpful and pleasant community of volcano enthusiasts.

  851. #856 Frito Lay
    May 10, 2010

    @Randall, yes, actually I did…for hours! I used it as an educational tool for my young nephews and found out they know more about eruptive phases than I do )-:

  852. #857 Frito Lay
    May 10, 2010

    Nightly SO2 blob check:

  853. #858 Corporal_E
    May 10, 2010

    It’s just after midnight here, so I have to get some sleep. For those just coming on tonight, the EQ activity, lava fountains, steam vents, and lava bombs were simply awesome and deserve some review. It was great watching it with all of you! Good night ya’ll!

  854. #859 Helen Leggatt
    May 10, 2010

    Southern hemisphere reporting in for watch duty 🙂

    Could someone just clear up a niggle for me – the steam plume on the Hvolsvelli cam on the left hand slope – that’s the same plume as on glacier, right? I am assuming so from position of cams, but haven’t noticed it on Hvols cam before.

  855. #860 Passerby
    May 10, 2010

    Better blob graphic: May 9th, SO2 slant column, GOME-2 satellite.

  856. #861 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Corporal_E have a good one;)

  857. #862 Frito Lay
    May 10, 2010

    @ Corporal_E ‘Nite!

    @ Helen Leggatt – that is my understanding as well. It had thrown me when I first saw it too

    @Passerby – thanks a mil!

  858. #863 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Helen Leggatt yes I am pretty sure it is….same one I have been watching most of the day and now night;)

  859. #864 Kver
    May 10, 2010

    The vodafone camera view right now (11:20 PM CST) is really clear. The ash looks completely different then that from just a week ago. Nasty brown muck. Since the composition is increasing in silica does that mean that the basaltic magma has cutoff from feeding the chamber and we’re just venting the old melt (a little house cleaning) before going back into dormancy?

  860. #865 Helen Leggatt
    May 10, 2010

    Thanks guys – thought as much. My particular focus has been on the arch… 🙂

  861. #866 Passerby
    May 10, 2010

    Kver, more like main-lining the deep stuff (very little to none shallow magma chamber or intrusion sill/dike melt).

    Eyjaf is settling into her regular routine.

  862. #867 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Anyone seen the latest analysis of the ash….that will tell us more about what’s going to happen next. I wonder if the silica content has down or up? According to yesterday’s report it has been steadily increasing since the fist eruption….that is in spite of getting recharges of what should be very mafic magma. Also the ash plume has been getting lighter gray….when this all started it was black.

    Passerby do you have CO2 stats or sat. pic?

  863. #868 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Holger, N California don’t let what #842 said keep you from posting or run you off….we are not all that way;)

  864. #869 Tintin
    May 10, 2010

    Wow it’s really active today…
    here is the FLIR Timelapse movie for 2010-05-09

  865. #870 Holger, N California
    May 10, 2010

    @Randall #863

    Thanks for the encouragement. Nevertheless, I’ll keep the chitchat down and focus more on truly volcano related matters.

    Here is a picture I took quite a few years ago of Iceland. Not strictly Eyjafjallajökull-related, but still relevant.

    In case nobody figures out what it is, I’ll post a solution.

  866. #871 Passerby
    May 10, 2010

    No recent CO2 plume data. NASA EO Eyjaf webpage hasn’t been updated recently (May 7th newest photo, NASA tells me that they have multiple objectives with each satellite pass and can’t always guarantee daily digital/thermal image grabs.

  867. #872 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Holger, N California I know it’s a glacier and that is about all:)

  868. #873 Holger, N California
    May 10, 2010


    Here is the explanation for the picture link posted under #865

  869. #874 VulcanEye
    May 10, 2010

    some parts look exactly like cloiuds,but majority dont,so i guess its soap suds upon a piece of glass held up to early pre dawn/dusk sky

  870. #875 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Passerby thanks….I wish they would update this

  871. #876 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    From the Vodafone camera it looks like the ash plume is partially collapsing to the ground to the south. I’m not sure if this is only due to the wind.

  872. #877 Ragutis
    May 10, 2010


    From the Vodafone camera it looks like the ash plume is partially collapsing to the ground to the south. I’m not sure if this is only due to the wind.

    Posted by: Mr. Moho | May 10, 2010 1:14 AM

    More ash does seem to be falling out sooner. The eruption is still pretty energetic and getting it up there a ways, so I’m guessing the ash is getting heavier. Could be coming out as coarser particles, which would fall sooner. But also, the plume appears to be lighter in color, which hints at a change in composition.

  873. #878 Ragutis
    May 10, 2010

    Take a look atthe Múlakot cam for another angle on the “fallout”.

  874. #879 Helen Leggatt
    May 10, 2010

    The ash plume looks just as murky and dirty as it did earlier, however a new plume of steam (to the left of crater on Thoro cam)appears to be mixing with it to make it lighter in places. I assume new lava outflow.

  875. #880 Helen Leggatt
    May 10, 2010

    There’s very little steam venting from further down near the wall of ice, particularly compared with a couple of days ago. Just wisps at the moment yet the heat cam shows a lot of heat down there. Why might that be?

  876. #881 Randall Nix
    May 10, 2010

    Helen Leggatt more viscous magma….higher silica content.

  877. #882 Holger, N California
    May 10, 2010

    For the German speaking members on this blog: There is a new article at the news magazin “Der Spiegel” regarding Eyjafjallajökull and the closing of the airspace in April:,1518,693801,00.html

    It reports that the pilots that flew the first flights under ‘sight only’ rules in Germany were in fact very unhappy to fly under those conditions. They state that it may not have been safe to fly during those days, even without the danger from the ash.

  878. #883 Jón Frímann
    May 10, 2010

    I think that the current vent might be getting bigger. But so far it does not appear that a new vent has opened up. But the risk continues to be there at current time.

  879. #884 snotra viking, sweden
    May 10, 2010

    I suppose all the night-watchers are sound asleep, I´ll throw out a question anyhow.

    Picture´s/screenshots/videos from the past night? I posted my screenshots from Hvolsvelli cam on flickr Note: the pictures are not in the right time order in the album, start looking at the last, that´s the right looking order if you want them in chronological order. Time from 22:00 to around 1:00 in Iceland.

    I didn´t have a working Thoro or vodafone cam yesterday (slow computer), anybody got some nice screenshots?

    Amazing how calm she looks in daylight, tonight’s fire cascades very a strong demonstration of the forces of Nature.

  880. #885 Bettina
    May 10, 2010

    Under the island – middle of a mountain
    there is a big bad – boomin’ system

    it’s gonna blow oh oh oh – volcano

    Perhaps “Götterdämmerung” is a more adequate background music, but I just like “Volcano” from “The Presidents of the USA”…

    Been lurking around here the last weeks – thanks Erik for your blog! As a former geology student I love to read the serious discussions here.

  881. #886 Jón Frímann
    May 10, 2010

    Here is a picture of the eruption that I found online.

  882. #887 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    Thanks at all the nightwatchers for the screenshots and timelaps movie’s. It seems I took the wrong night to go to bed in time 🙁

    Question: is the FLIR cam out of order at the moment? I get ” server not found”, although the daytime cam shows…

  883. #888 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    Re: FLIR – it is okay now.
    I can watch th shoe.

  884. #889 Jón Frímann
    May 10, 2010

    The ash plume just topped ~10 km altitude.

  885. #890 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    Is it only my impression or from the FLIR camera there is really more hot material deposition at the feet of the ash plume (which also seems hotter) and down the glacier than usual?

  886. #891 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    #885: I get the same impression, Moho. I also have the impression it extends farther down as befor.

    Maybe because more ice has melted and so the lava is more “visible” ?

  887. #892 Ruby
    May 10, 2010

    @885&886 Yes there is more and it does extend further down I was up very late last night until 3am uk time and it looked like she just spewed it out over the edge but I shall have to watch the time lapse video when available to get a better look. It was just amazing last night the best I have seen yet I ended up only getting 4 hours sleep but well worth it:)

  888. #893 snotra viking, sweden
    May 10, 2010

    Lavendel, you´re welcome. The screenshots were to good to keep on my own computer. Amazing really. I just miss the sound! Must be a real noise from the eruption!

  889. #894 Suw
    May 10, 2010

    Warning! This comment contains supposition!

    @renato #711 Yes, that looks like the same sort of event that Fireman captured and that showed up on the FLIR camera. An yes, I’d agree its placement is consistent with the FLIR and the other screenshot.

    I’m not sure if it’s just that the plume is suddenly billowing sideways, because it looks a lot more like it has an upwards motion rather than sideways. But stills can be deceiving.

    @passerby #714 I’m even less sure that it’s coarse ash particles dropping out – that is happening, but on the downwind side of the plume, and it looks quite different to my eye.

    @Kultsi #718 I’m not sure that the second plume is the result of a big lava bomb displacing tephra because firstly I think it’d have to be a *really big* lava bomb to create a plume that high, and secondly, the plume would surely have a different shape? If you look at this diagram of crater impact formation, the ejecta would look very different to the billowing cloud we saw.

    To me, the billowiness of it indicates convection, and that it was hot was born out by the FLIR. Would lava bomb impact ejecta be that hot?

    @thor #727 Pyroclastic flows happen when an eruption column collapses under its own weight. There have been warnings that pyroclastic flows are possible from this eruption, but I’ve not seen any official reports of any so far.

    @Christian, you keep mentioning ‘lava bursts’. Can you explain what you mean precisely. I’d google, but all I get are references to World of Warcraft…

    Finally, a plea to everyone who’s awake when I’m asleep. If you see something cool, please try to get a screenshot! If you’re on a Mac, then is great – it’s not just a screen capture tool, it’s also a website to upload to. I’m sure there’s an equivalent somewhere for PC.

    Flickr is a good site for hosting images – its basic account is free. There are loads of other services as well, so plenty of choice.

    I never get to see all the nighttime shenanigans as I’m asleep, so screenshots would be great make us Europeans feel less like we’re missing all the fun!

    And on that note, thanks to @Raving for the screenshots. Wow, she’s pretty impressive at night!

  890. #895 cristihan
    May 10, 2010

    @889 Suw: well, it may not be the best term to use (I’m not a native English speaker), but I hope it can be used when referring to lava outbreaks/splatter/etc: 🙂

  891. #896 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 10, 2010
  892. #897 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 10, 2010

    Another image of the ash streaming SE:

  893. #898 Dylan Ray
    May 10, 2010

    If missed, here’s some screenshots that I got of last nights action.

  894. #899 Renato I Silveira
    May 10, 2010

    Hello there! Just a brief comment before I go to work:
    What is that reddish cloud or fog that appears on Múlakot cam? ( It seems coming down the western slope of the volcano. If it weren’t so “hazy” it could pretty much look like a piroclastic flow. But could also be a blurr on the image, but it persists when refreshing. Just take a look.

  895. #900 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 10, 2010

    Jóns Helicorders actually show an interesting pattern – and there is no wind present.

  896. #901 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    #893, Dylan – thanks a lot!!
    She really is impressiv at night.

  897. #902 Renato I Silveira
    May 10, 2010

    This ash cloud seems dark and heavy enough to produce a piroclastic. It should look lighter, though, shouldn’t it?

  898. #903 Shelly
    May 10, 2010


    Thanks for that photo Jon, it clearly shows us what is happening to the glacier that the cams can’t..

  899. #904 Daniel
    May 10, 2010

    #895 Chris

    Can it be agricultural or other man made noise perhaps?

  900. #905 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    @895: I noticed that too, I wonder if it’s cultural noise or sequences of many small earthquakes.

    Two questions for for Jon:
    – Wouldn’t applying a low pass filter of 10 Hz instead of 5 Hz better capture local small earthquakes by the way?

    – Are you already using the Earthworm seismic software suite to process data from your seismometer(s)? If not, consider using it as it would easily allow many interesting things (better/more advanced helicorder charts and spectrograms for example).

  901. #906 Renato I Silveira
    May 10, 2010

    Múlakot come is showing some strange sort of halo.

  902. #907 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    #894 Renato, I have noticed that on other mornings too.. but saw that it was circular.. If you pan out to 75% so you can view the whole picture you will also see another ‘light anomoly’.. Light play on lens I suspect as it only happens at this time of day..

  903. #908 Dylan Ray
    May 10, 2010
  904. #909 sunday
    May 10, 2010

    Big explosion now, about 10:45 local time

  905. Thanks everybody for saving some of the spectacular moments that the webcams offer at night – some of them are really impressive. It seems that this night the incandescent bursts have been taller than before, it looks like 200-300 m in height. I don’t know whether Jón’s information (#884) about the ash plume being 10 km tall is realistic – the whole morning I’ve seen it being about as tall as the mountain itself, and that’s less than 1700 m. I’d give it at best 5000 m (altitude above the sea level) throughout this morning. Certainly, the plume has become again much darker in color than it was in the past few days; that might mean there’s a compositional change toward more mafic material – hopefully some new analysis will be published soon.

    Someone a few days ago wondered whether the latest chemical analysis (with something like 61 per cent of Silica, SiO2) was dacite. It’s not, it’s still andesite (dacite has >63% SiO2). In any case the increase in silica content throughout this eruption is truly quite unique, it will be fascinating to see what will come out of in-depth analysis of all that material, both regarding the eruptive products and the geophysical (seismic, deformation) aspects. Though I fear this will happen only in a few years, considering the Icelandic scientists are being kept very busy for the moment, the analyses and interpretations will take their time as will the writing of scientific papers plus the editorial process they’ll have to go through for publication …

  906. #911 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    May be a dumb question:
    what is the white “stuff” at the foot of the gletscher? It has grown bigger as yesterday. At first I thought it was water, but it is to slow for that.
    A mudslide? But why is it so white then?

  907. #912 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    For everybody: several small earthquakes occurring right now in the caldera and just north of the volcano.

  908. #913 Henrik, Swe
    May 10, 2010

    @Jón (#884) Where did you get that figure from? Judging from the webcams a figure of ~10,000 m does not seem reasonable, at least not in the vicinity of the volcano.

    @everyone. When you judge the height of the eruption plume, only the Hvolsvöllur cam is useful as the others are too close and give a faulty perspective. The highest peak of Eyjafjallajökull is 1666m above sea level. Using the apparent height from Markarfljot (level flat area at lower right in camera view) to the top of the mountain gives a useful figure of 1600m (1 mile / 5,250ft). If you use a ruler to measure height, you will see that usually, the eruption plume is no higher than about 2,000m (6,560ft) above the summit or ~3,600m (11,800 ft)above sea level.

    Using the same scale, the distance to the top of the screen is about 3,300m (11,000ft) above the summit or just under 5,000m (16,400ft) above sea level.

  909. #914 birdseyeUSA
    May 10, 2010

    @881JónF Thanks for the photo, places the vent much better for me – but also makes it look small compared to the mountain and glacier, so the pyrotechnics last night were doubly impressive.

  910. #915 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    7 EQ’s in 9 minutes.. 5 deep 2 shallow.. What is Ej up to now?

  911. #916 beedragon Canada
    May 10, 2010

    EQ swarm this morning – 9 quakes from .6 km deep to 20.3 km – recharging the tank?

  912. #917 Daniel
    May 10, 2010

    Wow that was a nice little swarm..11 quakes ranging from 600m to 23km deep.

    These figures could change ofcourse since they are not 100% verified yet.

  913. #918 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 10, 2010

    At least some of the amplitudes on Jóns helicorders should be dou to the earthquake activity. Obviously there is something going on.

  914. #919 beedragon Canada
    May 10, 2010

    Add 4 more EQs … now we’re up to 11!

  915. #920 beedragon Canada
    May 10, 2010

    Add a couple more. I think I counted 13 but they’re happening quicker than I can post!

  916. #921 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    I counted 18 in only 22 minutes.. !!

  917. #922 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    Take a look at the all regions EQ page
    anyone see a pattern here?

  918. #923 Daniel
    May 10, 2010

    Wow again…the map is full of new EQ´s now..Something about to happen??

  919. #924 Brian
    May 10, 2010

    @918 Judging from the rising plume I’d say it’s already happening.

  920. #925 Alison, UK
    May 10, 2010

    That’s an incredible increase in black ash since those earthquakes

  921. h m m m m m m …. 22 little earthquakes in less than 30 minutes, that’s quite intense.

    Let’s see what this volcano still holds in store for us – maybe Jón’s 10 km was meant as a forecast (a field in which he’s often been surprisingly accurate) ¦

  922. #927 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    and on the FLIR cam high activity!

  923. #928 Doc
    May 10, 2010

    Last time I saw a swarm like this was when the new eruption started. This is # 3 I guess.

  924. #929 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 10, 2010

    @#906 Lavendel, I think it is water channels/mud left behind by the meltwater coming down the west/right side of the glacier; as the meltwater input has abated, the moraine left behind has dried some and now lets some of the water seep into it, but apparently the mud clogs up the moraine, so the channels extend farther and farther. The amount of water from the right side is larger now than in some previous days.

  925. #930 Daniel
    May 10, 2010

    Is iceland splitting in 2? Just joking..:) But it does seem like the entire atlantic ridge trembled abit.

    Correct me if im wrong but this is the biggest swarm since EF blew her top isn´t it? Maybe a new vent about to open up?

    Whatever it is she is definitely putting up a show now!

  926. #931 Brian
    May 10, 2010

    @922 Alot of hot stuff accumulation to the left of the vent on the FLIR cam.

  927. #932 Bettina, Germany
    May 10, 2010

    oh – why do I have to leave just now?
    Hopefully things don’t get worse for the people in iceland right now.

  928. #933 Thomas Wipf
    May 10, 2010

    I assume a second vent will open soon. Wow and good weather today! Or is she waking up Katla?

  929. #934 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 10, 2010

    #924 Kultsi, thank you for your explanation. THat makes sense to me.

  930. #935 greg
    May 10, 2010

    More and more EQ so many I cant count them now

  931. #936 pyrotech
    May 10, 2010

    I recorded video last night that caught a huge fire show from the Volcano. I will get it on my web site later so anyone can view. I thought it looked awesome. Will post a link when its edited to size and put on site.

  932. #937 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 10, 2010

    Re. the height of the ash plume, it’s mostly around 4-5 km. See the IMO’s “Update on activity” page:

  933. #938 Brian
    May 10, 2010

    Amazing sequence as the plume punched through the overlying wave cloud and then created a small new one of its own above before rising through that.

  934. #939 beedragon Canada
    May 10, 2010

    I count 39 EQs now, but I have to leave for work now 🙁

    I’ll check in when I get there to see what’s happening next!

    Last night’s show was awesome, my husband and daughter were even interested.

  935. well. that’s 35 earthquakes in the past hour. I don’t know whether a new vent will open or rather those vents that opened within the caldera on 13 April and then became inactive will reactivate. Thomas (#928), I don’t see any reason to expect Katla to erupt now, all the seismic activity is at Eyjafjallajökull in the moment (except for one small quake further toward Katla) – and the Icelanders really wouldn’t need that …
    Pyrotech (#931), looking forward to your video. Here on Etna in my hometown Trecastagni we had to content ourselves with the fireworks for the local patron saint, Sant’Alfio (but the fireworks were spectacular). Etna is still making us wait, luckily for many of you who’d run out of screen space and bandwidth to have all the webcams running at the same time 😀

  936. #941 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    @Anna, Your sure to be more familiar with the EQ situation in Iceland.. Is what we are seeing now ‘normal’ behaviour?? I have only been following the EQ’s for about a month so am at a loss as to what/why is happening..


  937. #942 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    It looks like those sharp signals from Jon Frimann’s helicorder were real earthquakes as I suspected.

    I think many more small earthquakes occurred between 09:00 and 11:00 UTC will be added to the official list at a later time, then.

  938. #943 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    #936 I meant to say EQ activity over the whole of Iceland and not just the Mýrdalsjökull region..

  939. #944 ems
    May 10, 2010

    An exciting lunchtime on all the iceland cams!

    Greg, I find the Table tab on the Met Office earthquake page helps you see which EQ has just happened.

    Also, the melt water appears to be steadily increasing again- lots of little stream showing at the base of the morrain(?forgive me if that’s the wrong term). It could just be the sun on the water, but it had tailed off quite a lot in the last day.

    Loving the timelapses – thanks all!

  940. #945 birdseyeUSA
    May 10, 2010

    aaaaaaa – heck of a time for a ‘server not found’ for Mila!!!!!

  941. #946 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    @virdseyeUSA.. that happened to me and refreshing didn’t work. Try opening it in a new window, that did the trick for me.. 🙂

  942. #947 thor
    May 10, 2010

    whats up with the cams?? all seem like they are down at the moment..
    One quake near katla, and 35 at eyjafjöll, now shes up to no good..
    Had an small quake here in Norway last night, not sure if that is linked to whats happening on iceland, but I would not be surpriced if it was..
    we all live on an living and ever changeing planet , and some how all is pretty much linked to gether, remove a piece of the puzzle and h!#” breaks loose

  943. #948 birdseyeUSA
    May 10, 2010

    that was on Thoro cam only – on Hvol, a heffalump in a hat….
    voda won’t load again, we’re last-on-the-line for cable Grrrrr

  944. #949 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 10, 2010


    I don’t follow the EQ activity closely, sorry. The latest barrage of quakes (almost 40, starting at 11:00 GMT) was reported in the news but scientists don’t believe it signals something catastrophic is going to happen. Perhaps more magma pushing up.

    There’s less ash today and the lava flow is increasing somewhat.

  945. #950 Paul
    May 10, 2010

    Shallow quakes circa 1km depth in the valley to the north.

    Deeper quakes circa 20km depth under the volcano itself.

  946. #951 Carl
    May 10, 2010

    42 EQs in under an hour…
    I rather hope that is a new went opening up, because I think the alternative would be even worse.
    Because if there is a sudden large presure build-up without a new place to go it might go rather Krakatau on us.
    The reason for me thinking like that is that this Volcano seems to have a rather complex tubing system and if that is shaken around enough the magma and gas release rate will sky-rocket like an erupting geysir. Thing is that I kind of think that is why we have this large swarm, shakes happening all over the tube system shaking loose a lot of new gas that will make a rather huge explosion when going through that rather narrow throat of Eyja.

  947. #952 Shelly
    May 10, 2010

    Thanks Anna, maybe someone else can answer.. 🙂 I’m loving the way the top of the plume is playing with the cloud cover..

  948. #953 Brian
    May 10, 2010

    @946 I’m amazed that the ashfall you can see on the Mulakot camera can be less then yesterday. It looks pretty dire. Maybe the wind has changed from the sensitive areas.

  949. #954 Mattias Larsson
    May 10, 2010

    What is happening. This activity scares me a bit. It reminds me of the activity before the main vent eruption started. Only this time the earthquakes are occuring on depth all the way from 1 km to more than 20 km. A new puls of magma coming up the main vent from 20 km depth?

  950. #955 thor
    May 10, 2010

    I am fearing the same Carl.. if this new preassure build up dont get relesed, she might blow the main crater.
    then we can start talking about an Eruption much much larger that it is now, this Lady has more up her sleeves than we know about.

    hopefully as long as shes not blowing outwards like St Helens,it wont get to bad.

  951. #956 Mattias Larsson
    May 10, 2010

    The ash looks really dark know.

  952. #957 PeakVT
    May 10, 2010

    Jón @ 881 – excellent find! Thanks for sharing.

    If anyone wants to see the ash column from really far away, RUV has panned the Hekla camera to the right a bit.

  953. #958 Thomas Wipf
    May 10, 2010

    @Boris That sounds to be a good explanation: Maybe the old vent starts to erupt again! Let´sm hope Katla will stay quiet!

  954. #959 Ruby
    May 10, 2010

    Wow I’ve just got back in, what is with all these EQs that’s an awful lot in such a short space of time, she put on a real show last night but all these EQs what does it mean

  955. #960 Mattias Larsson
    May 10, 2010

    More shaking on the way after a short break

  956. #961 Henrik, Swe
    May 10, 2010

    A perhaps more realistic scenario than the Katla one is if there’s a basaltic intrusion in the Godabunga “cryptodome” and that erupts. IIRC the Godabunga intrusion was attributed to the Eyjafjölla volcanic system, not Katla. However, why should there be one when there’s an open conduit all the way?
    (If you look at the IMO map for the Myrdalsjökull area, Godabunga station is the black triangle about 8km SW “M” in Myrdalsjökull.)

  957. #962 Ruby
    May 10, 2010

    Quick have alook at Hvolsvelli cam it looks spectacular

  958. #963 Corporal_E
    May 10, 2010

    Good morning all! Bom dia @Renato! Does anyone know how much the volcano has inflated in the last few days? The show last night, coupled with the EQ activity means she is really gearing up for….something. But what?

  959. #964 Anita in Austria
    May 10, 2010

    Did anyone else see rocks being hurtled out (at least what appears to be several km to the left) on the Hvolsvellör cam?
    If so, then things must be getting very, very dangerous for the people living in the surroundings, let alone for scientists venturing onto the glacier or anywhere near.

  960. #965 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    @955: the last one looks more like a large harmonic tremor burst. By the way, as I wrote before, many smaller earthquakes appear to have occurred between 09:00 and 11:00. They haven’t appeared yet in the earthquake list on the Iceland met office website (

  961. #966 Alison, UK
    May 10, 2010

    @959 I saw one a few minutes ago. It went across the sky to the left, looking like a meteor on the thermal cam.

  962. #967 Ruby
    May 10, 2010

    @961 Alison, yes I seen that too it went so fast if you had of blinked you’d have missed it

  963. #968 Passerby
    May 10, 2010

    Vertical tremor plots all show very low activity. No new vent. Depth of EQs indicates more magma moving upward from deeper locations, pressurizing the conduit and possibly remelting and activating existing vents.

    Those of us who study volcanic emissions impact would very much like to see a new ash particle size analysis conducted with repeat comparison of samples collected over distance, please.

    Also would very much like to see the plume gas analysis conducted last week, IES. The clearly visible blue haze and reports of odd smells at altitude by passengers in planes suggest enriched sulfur and halogen emissions, but we’re also thinking perhaps certain metallic elements may be present at higher concentrations than expected.

    Perhaps UK university collaborators could be tapped for rapid deployment of air quality samplers (gas and particulates).

  964. #969 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 10, 2010

    @passerby: Just for curiosity, about which elements do you think?
    If you read this blog entry, then this might be true:

  965. #970 Mr. Moho
    May 10, 2010

    Earthquakes from the last smaller swarm are starting to appear in the official list. I hope those occurred between 09 and 11 UTC will soon be added too.

  966. #971 Anita in Austria
    May 10, 2010

    @962Ruby and 961 Alison,
    The rock must have been huge because I saw it on the Hvolsvellör cam, which is 30 km away.

  967. #972 pyrotech
    May 10, 2010

    Ok the Video i caught last night has been cut down to under 3 mins. It does linger on some frames as was captured whilst in work on a dongle thingy. But the sequences clearly show the lava being thrown hundreds of feet in the air. It was taken about 1 AM UK time today.
    You may have to add windows media player first time which when you click yes on top of your screen takes 2 seconds as saved it as wav or avi.
    I will add more video footage as days go on.
    The direct link to page is

  968. #973 Mattias Larsson, Swe
    May 10, 2010

    I guess they have a lot of work right now with all those deep small EQ:s

  969. #974 Erik Klemetti
    May 10, 2010

    Wow, 967 comments? You all are amazing.

    New post for today:

  970. #975 Kris B
    May 10, 2010

    Here is more of the same, holes in the ice after “shooting rocks”

    what do you experts say about the claimed 20% iron content of these rocks…?

  971. #976 Corporal_E
    May 10, 2010

    The EQ list for this morning is up to 51 as of a minute ago, and more keep being added.

  972. #977 birdseyeUSA
    May 10, 2010

    ..and off to the new page….see 969

  973. #978 missyland
    May 12, 2010

    Does anyone know why the valahnuk web camera hasn’t come back up on the eldgos.mila. web site? I really liked that view the best. It just says that it is under maintainance.

  974. #979 motel townsville
    October 20, 2010

    A comedian may experience over an egg but must care for a equid

  975. #980 Glennie Catoire
    December 8, 2010

    Amazing article=) Going to want a decent amount of time to examine the stuff:)

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