An aerial view of Eyjafjallajökull erupting on May 11, 2010, with the extent of the black ash from the eruption on Gígjökull clearly evident, along with the cracks in the glacier near the lava flow. Photo from the Icelandic Met Office, by Sigurlaug Hjaltadóttir.

Since this past weekend’s disruptions due to Eyjafjallajökull, the air over Europe has cleared and most of the airports in Spain, Portugal and Germany (along with those in Morocco) have reopened. The current ash advisory by the London VAAC looks like it will only effect transatlantic flights and Iceland itself, with the ash cloud stretching down the axis of the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, things could change quickly – and that is the constant threat that travelers in and around Europe will face while the volcano is erupting. This idea has prompted the EU to considering changing its ash avoidance rules for air travel.

Webcam capture of Eyjafjallajökull erupting on May 12, 2010, with the grey eruption plume peaking out from behind the cloud layer.

The eruption itself hasn’t changed dramatically since the explosive activity became reinvigorated over the weekend. The Icelandic Met Office reports that the ash cloud is slightly lower than in the past few days but still over 4-5 km (>13,000 feet) tall. They have posted a nice article on the ash plume with some photographs of how it changes. There were also more reports of lightning in the plume yesterday. You can see a number of timelapse videos of the volcano’s activity over here, including FLIR thermal images. I want to offer a big tip o’ the cap to everyone who has been putting together these timelapse videos – definitely helps me stay caught up on the activity at Eyjafjallajökull. Keep it up!


  1. #1 Raving
    May 13, 2010

    Good morning.

  2. #2 Dagmar
    May 13, 2010

    Erik, it seems like the little vent with the steam is getting bigger and hotter on the FLIR, am I wrong? Thanks

  3. #3 PeakVT
    May 13, 2010

    At the moment the ash plume is somewhat stronger. Reykjavik radar now puts the height at 8.2km, and the top is outside the field of view of the Hvolsvöllur and Múkalot cameras.

  4. #4 Dagmar
    May 13, 2010

    It also looks like that little steam vent turned darker, like ash…

  5. #5 hannahsmetana
    May 13, 2010

    Haha – just went on the tremors page for the first time in a while – since I last went they’ve added this line of text:

    Katla is NOT erupting and there are NO indications that Katla is about to erupt. Information on this page is for the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

  6. #6 Pedant's pencil
    May 13, 2010

    “…cracks in the glacier…”

    Crevasses, surely?

  7. #7 d9tRotterdam
    May 13, 2010

    Gígjökull Glacier Time Lapse – 16 April 2010 to 13 May 2010

    This video shows the changes that have occurred to Gígjökull valley in the weeks since the eruption started. There are no webcam images of the glacial lake before the initial outbreak and flooding; the time lapse begins 16 April. Two days are missing: one day with no images on the vodafone server, one day with only cloud all day.

  8. #8 Ross
    May 13, 2010

    The plume is definately reaching a higher altitude today. As for the enlarged “little vent” that you see on the FLIR image. My thoughts have been is that this is the lava flow moving through the glacier. I’m thinking that the FLIR camera can now just see more of the thermal image, whether more glacier has melted or broken away. If you look alittle furthur down the glacier towards the valley you will see a couple areas that are slightly warmer then the surroundings. I think this is where the flow has extended to.

  9. #9 Chance Metz
    May 13, 2010

    I can’t even see the top of the ash plume right now so you know it is tall. Way higher then 13,000 feet and maybe even closer to 30,000 feet, just a guess but it is pretty close. Almsot 2 months since the eruption started and it is still going strong.

  10. #10 hannahsmetana
    May 13, 2010

    Nice time lapse. Like the little puffs of steam – none in the last week though. Time to put the kettle on again?

  11. #11 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 13, 2010

    #7 Rotterdam: thanks for that video! Shows clear what happened sinds 16.4.

  12. #12 Philipp - Austria
    May 13, 2010

    a short description on how I create the Eyjafjallajökull time-lapse videos using webcams in Iceland:

  13. #13 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 13, 2010

    The Keflavik radar gave 9.0 km as the highest level at 1430 local time, an hour ago. The current number is 5.2, which I believe is not quite right, seeing the plume.

  14. #14 Chance Metz
    May 13, 2010

    No way it is only 5 km. that has to be a error or else the plume just got this tall again.

  15. #15 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    I think we’re used to seeing the plume blowing pretty strongly away from the cameras, now it has swung more towards them – would make the plume seem larger…

  16. #16 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 13, 2010

    There is faint black smoke coming from the lava trench, in the part where the apparent angle is about 45 degrees to the right of vertical. Hot stuff without water to boil?

  17. #17 motsfo
    May 13, 2010

    OK before anyone as inept as i are, misses any more:
    On the Picasa web album…if You click the magnifying glass icon and put Your screen up to 200%, You can touch and move the picture around and get so close You can almost walk under the arch….
    ok… i hear You out there laughing at this old lady, but MAYBE there is someone out there that doesn’t know about this. (like me; yesterday) 🙂

  18. #18 Raving
    May 13, 2010

    More EQs

  19. #19 Dagmar
    May 13, 2010

    3 EQ and the little steam plume starts to look like ash! Gets bigger.

  20. #20 Jón Frímann
    May 13, 2010

    The ash plume appears to be going straight up even if there appears to be a strong wind in the area.

    It also looks bigger then yesterday.

  21. #21 motsfo
    May 13, 2010

    Anyone see the dinosaur to the right of the round rock?
    Looks like he’s interested too!

  22. #22 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 13, 2010

    @motsfo – you mean the TRex head at about 1 o’clock above the split stone?

  23. #23 Dennis
    May 13, 2010

    Watching from the mila cams
    from the Hvolsvöllur you can see a white top of the mountain.
    thorolfsfelli cam you can see it at the right site of the eruption. the ash plume is moveing into the left back of your view, seeing from the Hvolsvöllur, so the “white ash” is more on the opposite direction of the wind ( why? )

    what is the “white” that i see?
    it isnt just the sun shining into the spot reflecting it.

  24. #24 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    Right, Jón, it does look larger, wider – would llke to see the base. I just got a ‘server not found’ when I tried to refresh Thoro & Hvol cams. Mulacam shows a big mess and a low ash cloud.. Can just barely see the top on Heklubyggð.

  25. #25 Henrik, Swe
    May 13, 2010

    Dennis, it seems Eyjafjallajökull has been covered with snow overnight. It’s happened several times before that an all-black mountain has been covered in thick cloud and re-emerged a pristine white. So again, there is a lot of moisture to feed the eruption. 😉

  26. #26 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 13, 2010

    #23 Dennis: that’s snow in my (humble) opinion.

  27. #27 motsfo
    May 13, 2010

    @22… yeah, Kultsi, isn’t that something!

  28. #28 Mike Richards
    May 13, 2010

    Quick question

    Close ups of the vent seem to show spattering and small fountains like those at Stromboli which I’d always thought of as being particular to low-viscosity basaltic magmas, but the ash analysis suggests this is an andesite eruption which I’d have thought was too sticky.

    So – how common is it to see this sort of spattering from andesite eruptions?



  29. #29 tj
    May 13, 2010

    @motsfo, a shout out-hello! To a fellow Alaskan 😉 And I too, am hooked on our little friend, the RSO.

    As to today’s current activity, I am glad to discover that some of the cams will load properly as I darned near had withdrawals yesterday 😉

    For some reason, I keep expecting something else to happen-increased activity at another volcano….just a hunch, it seems likely based on the history there. A little concerned about fouride, and not too clear on which volcano/type or eruption produces it-can someone point me to a link? Thanks very much.

  30. #30 Dan, Florida
    May 13, 2010

    I watch these people up there taking pictures and I have to wonder…doesn’t anyone have a decent camera any more? I mean really, if I’m going all the way there (even if from other parts of Iceland) I’m taking a good camera with good optics and multiple zoom capability. A cell phone camera wouldn’t cut it for me.

  31. #31 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 13, 2010

    DataMarket is a company that makes graphic representations of stuff. Seems they pull data from all kinds of sources, just for the sheer fun of it. Here’s the earthquake story leading up to the Eyja eruption:

  32. #32 Dagmar
    May 13, 2010

    5 EQ now

  33. #33 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    @AnnaReykjavik 31, I love that video – saw it somewhere a few threads back, great to re-post it – shows the patterns…interesting that there seem to be more Bardabunga area ones this time around…

  34. #34 AndrewWH
    May 13, 2010

    While we are all “seeing things” – There was an excellent snow-on rock old Norse warriors head, walrus mustache and all, shown on the now defunct Valahnúk cam. He wandered off when it warmed up a little though. I can’t see the T.Rex – however on the closeup Vodafone cam, can anyone else see a grinning man with a large nose and chin on the right next to the rock fissure?

  35. #35 birdeseye
    May 13, 2010

    Ecch – bad geography – wrong area – go back to hole!

  36. #36 Carla - Seattle
    May 13, 2010

    Sounds like there are a lot of Redoubt watchers here and probably a few others who watched the CVO site intently during the 2004 Mount St Helens eruption, as I did. It was quite a solitary experience. I found nothing like this forum, so I spent my hours googling and reloading the seismos and cams waiting for a glimpse after days of unremitting low overcast.

  37. #37 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 13, 2010

    Today’s EQs in the crater area are all in the ~3-4 km range, close to each other. Is this a precursor to opening a new vent on the west side?

  38. #38 Corporal_E
    May 13, 2010

    That is a lot of people on the Thoro and FLIR cams lol

  39. #39 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 13, 2010

    Seems to be a much frequented spot for trips and outings…

  40. #40 David Calvo
    May 13, 2010

    #28 Mike Richards.

    Mike, it´´s not unusual to have this kind of spattering on andesitic volcanoes, but for sure thay are much larger than those at Stromboli. One of the best examples is Sakurajima, where you can have in the same day vulcanian explosions and then strombolian spattering. These volcanoes can range form basaltic to andesitic. I use to work in Nicaraguan volcanoes and sometimes it´s crazy to study so much different types of eruptive processes. But if you want to go crazy you should come to Teide volcano or how to go from nearly MORB to phonolites in just 400 meters, XD


  41. #41 parclair NoCal USA
    May 13, 2010

    Someone mentioned that today is a national holiday. If i lived there, i’d pack a picnic and head out– Didn’t JonF say he was going to try and get out there today? Has anyone seen him?

  42. #42 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 13, 2010

    Today is Ascentionday which in many countries is an official day off. And ofcourse, wenn I lived there, I would take the oppportunity to go and have a look.
    I guess I’m just jalous…

  43. #43 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    @parclair #41

    Do you know what Jon Friman looks like? Maybe he was one of those friendly folks waving into the camera?

    Clearly, a lot more foot traffic today than the other days…

  44. #44 PeakVT
    May 13, 2010

    Dan @ 30 – if they are Icelanders, the eruption might not seem special enough to make lugging a big camera up a hill worthwhile.

    Slight off-topic: does anyone know where I can get good shapefiles for Iceland? I’m experimenting with a GIS program.

  45. #45 Doug C
    May 13, 2010

    Dinosaurs at volcanic locations are not without precedent:

  46. #46 Jón Frímann
    May 13, 2010

    I’m not there. It is quite a travel to go there. I also would not go this close to the volcano. I know too much to even try it.

  47. #47 Ryan
    May 13, 2010

    Is it all possible that a hiker can place the travelocity gnome for our webcam viewings

  48. #48 thor
    May 13, 2010

    Yes Jón , I would not go so close either,you never know what could happen, and if it happens, it happens very very fast.You could never out run it. not even on Thorolfsfjäll.

  49. #49 James
    May 13, 2010

    Just got back from the volcano a couple of hours ago, after heading out there on Tuesday. Activity today seems a lot higher from the ground – the plume seemed higher (we estimated it at at least 6 km altitude, when it appeared through the clouds).

    Ashfall to the south was VERY heavy this afternoon – driving out on Tuesday it wasn’t so bad (but hanging out in it for 2 hours to study poor Solheimajokull wasn’t great fun) but today it was very dense, and when we stopped for photos a ‘wall’ of dense ash moved in. Visibility was pretty poor. It seemed almost as bad as when I drove through it on 17th April!

    It’s interesting that lightning activity has picked up again – nothing to speak of today, but on Tuesday we saw and heard a number of strikes in the plume.

    I should have some photos up soon, so I’ll link through to them when I do.

  50. #50 motsfo
    May 13, 2010

    @45 Doug C Good catch! and You can see all of him.

  51. #51 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    @Peter Cobbold – OK, you win – I contacted my alma mater which in 1999 did a geology trip to Iceland (with an optional side trip to Viking So. Greenland, afterwards.) Travel director said it is already tentatively on her list for 2012…open to non-alums as ‘friends.’ I will keep Erik posted, otherwise I I have no way to keep in touch especially with such an in-the-future time.

    Anyone interested, start saving! Or look into a ‘sooner’ trip.

  52. #52 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    @47 Ryan – : ) Preferably upside down in ash….or photoshopped to riding the plume….

  53. #53 Doug C
    May 13, 2010

    Thanks motsfo. I see Redoubt is still slumbering fitfully. Judging from the webcams it’s going to be a cloudy summer. I like the dome-size comparisons AVO put up.

  54. #54 Raving
    May 13, 2010

    Another webcam moment

  55. #55 Barbara, Germany
    May 13, 2010

    Latest pic from space (aqua modis)
    James #49. Looking forward to your photos very much.

  56. #56 Anne in Scotland
    May 13, 2010

    You can see it from space from Eumetsat as well

  57. #57 D.
    May 13, 2010

    Hi there! I can’t find links for recent time-lapse video, especially FLIR. Are our generous movie producers exhausted, discouraged or simply nothing happens due to cloud curtain?

    Anyway, I wish to thank any of previous contributors. Such material is very helpful for teaching petrology. So, please, don’t give up! Keep on with good work!

  58. #58 Reynir, .is
    May 13, 2010

    *grmbl* The Vodafone cams need the boot. Again.

  59. #59 Zouyet
    May 13, 2010

    #12 Philipp -Austria
    Bank stokage Vodafone:

  60. #61 Jón Frímann
    May 13, 2010

    In just few hours, the ash type of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has been going on for 1 month now. With the start of a eruption in Fimmvörðuháls (part of Eyjafjallajökull) the eruption has been going on for three months from the 21st of May. Give or take the small brake between the eruptions.

  61. #62 thor
    May 13, 2010

    I look at Hvolsvelli cam.- its just amazing how High the ash plume now rises.
    has the eruption open up another vent?

  62. #63 Peter Cobbold
    May 13, 2010

    @ Birdseye 51 I go with a UK university/geological soc. group this summer, under Izzy tours. Reunion of 2000 trip, but with less muscle power and fewer neurones. Hoping Eyjaf still has some life left, but not too much. Organiser is academic geologist with decades of Iceland experience, but
    I guess there must be geology under/postgrads in Iceland wanting to work as expert guides?

  63. #64 Reynir, .is
    May 13, 2010

    The eruption looks very photogenic on the apron cam in Mílakot.

  64. #65 Kyle
    May 13, 2010

    Gígjökull is absolutely pumping out steam now.

  65. #66 thor
    May 13, 2010

    take a look at the cam Guys, something is up,.. Im not sure , but it looks like a pyroclastic flow, going on to the right!?

  66. #67 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 13, 2010

    Wow, “E” is pumping out a slew of ash/steam. Any word on how high the ash plume is today? Looks like 20,000 ft at least!

  67. #68 Geiri
    May 13, 2010
  68. #69 cristihan RO
    May 13, 2010

    Hi guys,
    Did any of you happen to see somthing (a bomb..) that appeared to be flying of Eyja at 21:55 local time, to the left, absurdly far???

  69. #70 D.
    May 13, 2010

    @60 Thanks birdseyeUSA, I am familiar with that links. Hope for 12/05, now almost 13/05 FLIR time-lapse movies.

  70. #71 thor
    May 13, 2010

    I was looking at the Hvolsvelli cam, and suddenly the right side of thje plume looked like it was colapsing, down the slope, is this normal?

  71. #72 Steve, UK
    May 13, 2010

    Looking at the Hvolsvelli cam, the right hand side of the mountain does look very blurred and the ash cloud itself very very dark – After reading some of the above comments, I Google’d Pyroclastic Flow and from a video on there, it does look spookily similar! Any experts around to explain what migh tbe happening, or is it just a trick of the very low cloud?

  72. #73 Robert Bordonaro, Arlington, TX, USA
    May 13, 2010

    Update from Iceland Met below. They state the plume is at 20,000 ft, with an occasional spurt up to 30,000 ft:

  73. #74 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    @thor #66 & #70

    From the mulakot webcam it looks more like heavy ash fall (at least to my uneducated eyes). But as was discussed yesterday, it wouldn’t be surprising if Eyjafjallajökull would throw in a few pyroclastic flows at some point. While that would be awesome to see, it would also be very dangerous to the people nearby. Therefore, let’s hope she / he behaves…

  74. #75 einar
    May 13, 2010

    keep in mind that what you are observing right now on the Mila-Hvolvöllur is partly a refection of the change in the wind direction. in the recent days it has been blowing southeastwards (away from the camera). now there is very little wind, the little there is blowing south (causing heavy ashfall in the vicinity just south (right) of the mountain (2 meter visibility said one farmer on the radio just now). and it is predicted to go more into the southwesterly direction tomorow.
    that being said, it looks like we got a bit more lava action than in recent days judging from the white plumes appearing to the right and what is now clearly visible in the Mila_Þórólfell cam.

  75. #76 thor
    May 13, 2010

    It definitly looks very familiar to a Pyroclastic flow,. but it can also be just strong winds over the ridge carrying the plume downwards and down the mountain slopes.
    anyways I would not been near that area, cause i guess the air would be HOT down that slope!

  76. #77 cristihan RO
    May 13, 2010

    One more question: did the SOHO and GOLA GPS station show a significant and sudden deflation or am I reading it wrong?

  77. #78 thor
    May 13, 2010

    what is happening up there ? did she just suddenly stop?
    first the part plume colapse down the slope and now she looks like she went calm? any one with any ideas , or is it because of the sunlight?

  78. #79 stigger
    May 13, 2010

    was that a lava bomb?

  79. #80 PeakVT
    May 13, 2010

    There’s a low pressure center sitting almost on top of Eyjafjöll right now, so the ash isn’t going to go far for the next day or so. I think the conditions could lead to some small pyroclastic flows caused by fountain collapse of the plume.

  80. #81 chasm uk
    May 13, 2010

    the steam plume is static because there is very little wind to shift it and alot of ash is falling straight down???

  81. #82 einar
    May 13, 2010

    #77 (thor)
    think not much is changing, except visibility. in the absense of wind the ash is not getting blown away in any one direction. and hence the exhaust pipe is just blending into an overall background of grey ash.

  82. #83 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    @63 Peter Cobbold Good for you! Suspect the same ‘academic geologist’ who led the 1999 trip will lead this one, too. Wonder if they’ll add Greenland again. you can come back here and update us all on your trip! Wave from Thoro cam! (Holding ID sign, to escape comment… ; )

  83. #84 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    Let the light show begin…

    A few lightning strikes were visible within the last few minutes on the Þórólfsfell webcam. We’ll see, if the lava will be visible tonight.

  84. #85 Irna
    May 13, 2010

    Hi, I was wondering: why does everybody call this volcano “she”? is it the same with every volcano? or just this one? and why? Thanks.

  85. #86 joeu
    May 13, 2010

    For those of you interested in detailed maps of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull area, I have compiled a Google Earth file containing overlays of 1:50,000 scale topographic maps of the area. Because of the large map images the file is 9.4MB in size. You can download the Google Earth file here:

    The topo map images are from Landmælingar Íslands.

    With the map overlays and the Google Earth ruler tool it’s quite easy to measure distances.

    The file also shows the various web cam locations and includes download overlays of the latest NASA MODIS satellite images and two one-meter resolution GeoEye images.

    I also created overlays of the 1:100,000 atlas sheets; the Google Earth file has my email address if anyone would like to request a copy of that file.

  86. #87 d9tRotterdam
    May 13, 2010

    Time lapse from the vodafone webcam 13 May 2010

  87. #88 Reynir, .is
    May 13, 2010

    Hoo-boy! A strike in perfect view! Oh, the glow is just beginning to show on the widescreen cam.

  88. #89 Birger Johansson
    May 13, 2010

    @ 66, 70, 75
    Is the difference of the magma here as compared to the magma at the very first vent in some way connected to the absence of pyroclastic flows at the first site?
    Speaking as a lay person without geology education, I suspect such spectacular phenomena would be critically dependent on tiny variables in the magma composition.

    BTW, are there noticeable differences in the frequency of pyroclastic flows between the local (Iceandic) volcanoes and similar volcanoes elsewhere? I rarely hear of Icelandic volcanologists dying.

  89. #90 thor
    May 13, 2010

    well, its a grand lady dont you think?

    The most beautiful ships are named after women, in many languages, and ancient religions, the earth, nature, spring and all other natural good is also female (Demeter, Persephone, Gaia, Mother Nature, Mother Earth…), Liberty is rendered as a woman, and many national personifications are female (Columbia, Britannia, Italia Turrita, Marianne..)
    Maybe forces of nature get female associations because they are so powerful and inspiring, while also a little fearsome.

  90. #91 Mattias Larsson, Swe
    May 13, 2010

    Hi everybody. What is up with gola and soho GPS stations? Error in measurement? They are sinking like a rock.

  91. #92 Reynir, .is
    May 13, 2010

    Is it time now to put on the 1812 Ouverture with real cannon?

  92. #93 Irna
    May 13, 2010

    “all other natural good is also female”
    well, that’s also the case with lots of natural disasters: hurricanes, and now volcanoes… 🙂
    In fact, my question was less poetic: I do not know English very well, and I wanted to know whether it is a rule to refer to volcanoes as “she” rather than “it”.

  93. #94 d9tRotterdam
    May 13, 2010

    @ #11 Lavendel, Switzerland

    Glad you enjoyed the video!

  94. #95 thor
    May 13, 2010

    did u see that Big lightning filling the sky?
    wow! who needs to go to florida, when you can go to Iceland for lightnigstorms,. 😉

  95. #96 Brian
    May 13, 2010
  96. #97 joeu
    May 13, 2010

    Were some of you looking for Volcano Gnomes earlier?

    Well, I just spotted one of the elusive creatures!

    Don’t know for how long it will be there ….

  97. #98 thor
    May 13, 2010

    does these lightnings make any sound, I mean do they produce thunder?

  98. #99 eddie
    May 13, 2010

    Great lightning. Pity no sound effects ;-(

    Also, is that a new vent opening in the snow on the right hand side of the thorolfsfelli cam?

  99. #100 Reynir, .is
    May 13, 2010

    23:43:35 camera time: I can barely believe I managed to grab a screenshot of that flash!

  100. #101 eddie
    May 13, 2010

    I mean, it’d be very loud there, but the webcam has no microphone.

  101. #102 Raving
    May 13, 2010

    Another lightning grab

  102. #103 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    @Irna 84 I found out today (thanks Reynir) that in Iceland a jökull is masculine, and in a song (in English) the singer said ‘Ejafjallajökull, he is always right..” So now we call ‘it’ Sir Ejya???

    Amazing show!

  103. #104 Dennis
    May 13, 2010

    @ 70
    I was looking at the Hvolsvelli cam, and suddenly the right side of thje plume looked like it was colapsing, down the slope, is this normal?

    Some spooky things are going one here, the pressure waves resulting from the eruption (when this is true, like i saw here, are creating some strange phenomenons, watched some strange cloud forming and moving.

  104. #105 Dagur Bragason
    May 13, 2010

    Eyjafjallajökull is not female but male, in Icelandic.
    Here how the name is pronounced and the name follow the rules of male names, females ar different.
    Here is, Hér er Eyjafallajökull -The- Eyjafjallajökullinn
    We talk about, um Eyjafjallajökul -The- Eyjafjallajökullinn
    We kom from, frá Eyjafjallajökli -The- Eyjafjallajöklinum
    We go to, til Eyjafjallajökuls -The- Eyjafjallajökulsins
    Icelandic is different from English in this way and names are pronounced differently.

    Dagur Bragason Iceland

  105. #106 thor
    May 13, 2010

    a jökull(glacier) (isbre`) is a he, but the mountain eyjafjöll is a female..

    so the volcano is a she, and the glacier on top is a he.

  106. #107 Reynir, .is
    May 13, 2010

    #105: Fjöll is neuter plural.

  107. #108 Frito Lay
    May 13, 2010

    So ..we’ll call her “Lady It” then? 😉

  108. #109 Irna
    May 13, 2010

    “so the volcano is a she, and the glacier on top is a he”
    Quite suggestive 🙂

    Thank you all for this lesson in Icelandic!

  109. #110 eddie
    May 13, 2010

    …so it’s not birth pangs, it’s indigestion?

  110. #111 Diana, Germany
    May 13, 2010

    @ 101: Thanks at Raving. That’s a great lightning!

  111. #112 Jón Frímann
    May 13, 2010

    Here is a picture of the eruption yesterday that I found online. Note the people on the picture, if you can find it.

  112. #113 Raving
    May 13, 2010

    @Reynir #99 Another vampire. Sorry about that (blush)

  113. #114 Brian
    May 13, 2010
  114. #115 Jón Frímann
    May 13, 2010

    @Raving, Thanks for the picture. It looks great!

  115. #116 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    @Jón #111

    That’s quite a picture Jón. Shows how insignificant we are in the face of such forces. That must have been quite a daring trip. Did they go up by helicopter, do you know?

  116. #117 Jón Frímann
    May 13, 2010

    @Holger, They did go on cars. You can spot them on the picture.

  117. #118 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    @Jón #116

    Alright, found them. I thought those were boulders or some sort of ejecta.

  118. #119 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    Jón F., great find – I have seen other photos of the scientists on that ridge, and this gives a much better idea of the scale of things – more like what I expected – thanks.

    Raving and Brian – good catches!

    joeu, thanks for the map link and the trouble to compile it.

  119. #120 birdseyeUSA
    May 13, 2010

    (@86) Interesting looking at d9tRotterdam’s time-lapse,(thanks!) you can see part of why why the plume was so squirrely-looking today – the clouds go every which way and in circles….

  120. #121 Raving
    May 13, 2010

    Now if Reynir had the correct aspect ratio.

    Another souvenir here

  121. #122 renee
    May 13, 2010

    What happened to the FLIR cam? THe lightening show seems to have stopped all of a sudden too…

  122. #123 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    @renee #121

    Looks like dense fog or maybe even ash fall. But then it appears to affect all webcams, even the one at Hvolsvöllur, which would argue for dense fog.

    Too bad, the night show had a good start, but the fog won again….

  123. #124 renee
    May 13, 2010

    Thanks Holger I haven’t checked the weather lately forgot

    That only leaves one thing to say…I HATE FOG sorry I’m better now.

  124. #125 Carla - Seattle
    May 13, 2010

    To tide you over, you might enjoy images from a different volcanic extreme, Dallol in the Danakil depression of Ethiopia. From what people say, there is not a more dangerous and inhospitable research location on earth. But the photos….. wow.

  125. #126 Renato I Silveira
    May 13, 2010

    Just found this, maybe already posted. About what tourists might been missing on Iceland. There’s a short video in it.

  126. #127 Holger, N California
    May 13, 2010

    Maybe it’s not only fog after all. The sun is slowly coming up and there is a dark cloud hanging over the Markarfljot valley. Looks like the wind is bringing the ash over towards the Þórólfsfell webcam today.

    The view from Hvolsvöllur confirms this idea, even if no details are visible.

  127. #128 eddie
    May 13, 2010

    There’s an outside possibility that the glacier collapsed during the dark, and filled markafljot with smoke.

  128. #129 Renato I Silveira
    May 13, 2010

    #104 So we were wrong about our “Lady’s” gender! And all that talk about giving a name to the volcano (since it’s the “volcano on the glacier Eyjaf”)?

  129. #130 Jennifer in Portland
    May 13, 2010

    Wow, Jon #111, that photo is simply amazing. It’s also amazing that people can (or choose to) be in that particular spot. What a huge adrenaline rush it must be!

  130. #131 Renato I Silveira
    May 13, 2010

    #105 All right. It’s a she volcano, but still no names?

  131. #132 Jennifer in Portland
    May 13, 2010

    Sorry – Jón!

  132. #133 Dan, Florida
    May 14, 2010

    Well time to call it a night. But not before looking at things and feeling bad for some of the people in the cams. From the looks of it the wind has shifted, radar seems to show this, and now the ash looks like it’s headed for them. Mulakot looks ominous.

  133. #134 MadScientist
    May 14, 2010

    Presumably the rules being proposed mean that aircraft can always fly in the evening because there is no visible plume?

    I’d still like to know how people can look out the window and say “yeah, that’s volcanic ash.” I’ll agree you can do so when you have visual contact with the volcano, but what are the criteria for deciding that something is volcanic ash when you’re flying?

  134. #135 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 14, 2010

    Aargh! why do we have to sleep! Again I missed a lot of the “action”.
    Thanks a lot to all the people who made screenshots and time-lapses! At least with their help I am able to see them afterwards.

    A nice day every-one.
    *Lavendel headed to work*

  135. #136 missyland
    May 14, 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.

  136. #137 Holger, N California
    May 14, 2010

    Looks like there are some ash particles on the lens of the Vodafone cam. I guess somebody should go out there and clean the webcam. I’d like to go myself, but unfortunately I’m a bit far off…

    The Mila webcam at Þórólfsfell seems to be better off, no cleaning needed.

  137. #138 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 14, 2010

    @missyland: the Valahnúk camera is in a currently restricted area, so they cannot get to it, for any foreseeable future. It is, AFAIK, a self-contained unit, so when the batteries ran out, no more pictures. Míla took it off their webcam list.

  138. #139 cristihan RO
    May 14, 2010

    Hi again,
    Any chance we could find online a recording of the Hvolsvelli images from around 21:55 Iceland time yesterday? I’m still wondering what was it that I saw then, it had a clearly “balistic” trajectory.

  139. #140 Raving
    May 14, 2010
  140. #141 Scarlet Pumpernickel
    May 14, 2010
  141. #142 Raving
    May 14, 2010

    Those photos are fantastic Scarlet Pumpernickel !

  142. @Scarlet, I know the photographer (M. Rietze) but haven’t yet seen those images … they’re hilarious. That looks like he and his companions got real close, let’s hope they’ll never be *too* close because the photos are wonderful and extremely illustrative of this type of volcanic activity, which by the looks of it should be best described as “violent Strombolian” but has also elements of Vulcanian activity.

  143. #144 matlee
    May 14, 2010

    There is some view of the valley on the Thoro cam at the moment. The meltwater has increased and there is a white line travelling to the right, slanting downwards from the top of the split rock.

  144. #145 Kenneth
    May 14, 2010

    @ #140: WOW (words are superfluous) !!!

  145. #146 Hasis
    May 14, 2010


    I’ve lost the link to the Eyja/Katla history paper that someone posted a week or so back [note to self…’Save’ at the time you damn eyjadiot!]

    Can someone please repost it for me, there’s no way I’ll find it again in all these threads…thanks!!

  146. #147 Ruby
    May 14, 2010

    @140 Scarlet just spectacular!

  147. #148 Dagmar
    May 14, 2010

    Goodmorning all! Does anyone has a timelapse of the spectacle of this night?? Seems I missed on that show!

  148. #149 Hasis
    May 14, 2010

    Cancel 145…I got it!

  149. #150 Nick, Sweden
    May 14, 2010

    A question about the picture Jón linked in #111:

    You can see lots of dark spots against the bright cloud above the people in the picture. Is all of that rocks flying from the volcano? They are kind of everywhere, and it seems like a wonder if no one got hit, if it’s all rocks!

  150. #151 Kris B
    May 14, 2010

    @149 Nick, see video here:

  151. #152 Chris, Reykjavik
    May 14, 2010

    @Nick, #149: Yes, these are flying rocks. You can see it in the video, which is linked in #150. And this is the main reason, why this area is closed. They found really big rocks (more than 50kg in weight) as far as 1 km away from the volcano.

  152. #153 ems
    May 14, 2010

    Morning to all. I wondered if anyone knew of information about what is happening to the north of Iceland in the Tjörnes fracture zone? -on the met office EQ plots there has been continuing activity up there since EJ had her last lot of EQs earlier this week. I see there is an island near the location of the EQs, and on google earth looks habited with an air strip. Any thoughts on a cloudy day on the webcams?

  153. #154 Nick, Sweden
    May 14, 2010

    #150 Thanks, I also just watched the videos linked in #140. That clearly answers my question. From your video it seems like very few of those rocks are likely to reach the place where they are standing though. But still, there are lots of craters on the ground, suggesting that they are far from safe.

    I would really love to see the volcano from that viewpoint, but it doesn’t seem to be worth worth the risk. 😀

  154. #155 ems
    May 14, 2010

    Maybe my thoughts at #152 were a bit rambling – I see that the area experiences these small rumbles all the time, and occasionally larger ones – are there any correlations with the EJ eruptions and this Tjornes area? and are there any visible/underwater changes occuring in the northern region?

  155. #157 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @Christihan 138 There was an airplane/helicopter in the area shortly before that time, I was watching it – when the cameras refresh, things often zoom – I have seen a few rocket-propelled birds as well!

    @Scarlet Pumpernickel 140 Those are amazing pics – but I can’t get the videos to run – anyone have a suggestion? Have downloaded a player that is supposed to handle most things, but no luck with MP4.

  156. #158 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    A glimpse on Hvol cam of plume going off the top of the frame, looks like not much wind diversion.

  157. #159 Ruby
    May 14, 2010

    The plum is visible on Hvols cam and it looks to be high, it goes above the screen.

  158. #160 Dasnowskier
    May 14, 2010

    Something is stirring at Popocatépetl in Mexico.

    A small steam plume. Possibly weather enhanced but still interesting.

  159. #161 greg
    May 14, 2010

    @birdseye, the apple quicktime player works well for MP4 files, Btw the latest Met report shows tops FL240 to FL260

  160. #162 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    Technodummie again – anyone know a way to send pictures here that doesn’t involve entering your birthdate (tinypic) ? Or can I just make one up? I’ve only sent pics by email so far.

  161. #163 Ruby
    May 14, 2010

    lol I meant to say plume of course not plum I think its time I went and got some lunch 🙂

  162. #164 Jon
    May 14, 2010

    @161 … plums for lunch? 🙂

  163. #165 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @159Greg Thanks – just figured out i have to double-click the image – duh – they shouldn’t allow people over a certain age to play with these toys…

  164. #166 Lavendel, Switzerland
    May 14, 2010

    #140 SP: awesome pictures!! THanks for posting that link.

  165. #167 Nick, Sweden
    May 14, 2010

    birdseye, I would recommend VLC, which handles almost any video format without any need to install codecs or anything.

  166. #168 Dasnowskier
    May 14, 2010

    That is a very tall plume. I have not seen it that vigorously off the top of the frame before.

  167. #169 greg
    May 14, 2010

    @163,lol…I know the feeling. Those movies are awesome!!
    The plums look huge on Hvol cam

  168. #170 Nick, Sweden
    May 14, 2010

    Oh, I noticed you’ve already solved the problem. I’m very slow at posting. 😀

  169. #171 Reynir, .is
    May 14, 2010

    #155 @birdseye: Dunno about @greg’s suggestion re QuickTime, but if you don’t want that, try VLC.

  170. #172 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @Nick, Reynir, thanks – think my problem is loading speed – can’t handle more than a few seconds at a time – have both QickTime and VLC. Sigh.

  171. #173 robert somerville
    May 14, 2010

    any videos of vent showing lava flow recently ???

  172. #174 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    wonder if this is a continuation of last night or just what we saw…

  173. #175 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    sorry, take the extras off the end of the .html

  174. #176 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 14, 2010

    @birdseye: At least on Firefox browser the videos got downloaded first, then QuickTime started and the videos ran really well. Maybe that’s ’cause QT is not a plugin in Firefox, i.e. not integrated seamlessly with/into the browser.

  175. #177 Reynir, .is
    May 14, 2010

    #166: The plume is now dropping ash in areas SW-NW from the eruption – right into milk country – all the way to Reykjavík.

  176. #178 Reynir, .is
    May 14, 2010

    Ash rain in Hvolsvöllur. Windows Media video shot by the police there:—myndskeid/article/2010952570074

  177. #180 cristihan RO
    May 14, 2010

    @birdseye: about last night, most weird was that it looked like a bomb and it had a bomb-like trajectory (you know what’s said about “what looks like an elephant”?) and it went off the screen to the left. After seing the film posted earlier with the insane people standing in front of the volcano, I’m pretty sure it was indeed a bomb – you will hear latter of a volcanic rock that reached 20km to the NW of Eyja 😉

    About the videos, try a site called It should allow you to download the videos and than watch them offline.

  178. #181 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @Cristihan,Kultsi, thanks – will try the keepvid solution.
    Ref. animals, here’s what I was concerned about last week, for sheep in lambing time…
    from today… ” (increasing) lamb mortality in sheep on Volcanic Ash areas and veterinarians closely monitor progress. There is no evidence that fluoride poisoning is a cause of death lamb, but is large and growing congestion [pneumonia] in sheep to blame, because you can not allow ewes and lambs out of the houses, as usual.

    Field agents and veterinarians will visit all towns in the region and survey the situation.”

  179. #182 Dan, Florida
    May 14, 2010

    Looking at the Mulakot cams you can see where ash fell on a couple of them. And may be raining in the first one right now.

  180. #183 Scarlet Pumpernickel
    May 14, 2010

    #149 video

    Are those people on the rim, is that Martin in the pics I posted 😛

  181. #184 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @Reynir,Chris,Anna – translation for ‘kolniður? ‘ (Jónsi) – can’t find one…only references say that the translations with the release are ‘very wrong.’

  182. #186 James
    May 14, 2010

    Photos from my trip out there, mostly from Tuesday but the last three are from yesterday (Thursday). I had to work on Solheimajokull glacier on Tuesday afternoon, which at the time was right in the heavy tephra fall area. Not a huge amount of fun. I was as that glacier maybe a month ago and it was beautiful and white, but now it looks like the Moon out there!

    There’s an interesting shot of the tephra fall that I took near Thorvaldseyri, too (near the THEY GPS station). It’s amazing how much stuff has fallen! There’s a very visible thick, dark layer representing the first phreatomagmatic-Plinian phase, and then alternating bands of lighter-coloured tephra above it from more recent phases. Pretty interesting stuff. There were some hard layers part-way down from rainfall mixing with the tephra, but the stuff on the surface was loose.

    Here’s the Flickr album:

    Click the photos for a bigger version.

    I took some video footage which I’ll try to upload soon, too. My internet connection is being funny though…

  183. #187 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 14, 2010


    Kolniður is a made up compound word, that’s why you won’t find it in dictionaries.

    Kol means coal
    Niður means din (or the kind of sound a river makes for example, not entirely sure what the English word would be)

    So Kolniður means coal-din or even black din.

  184. #188 Passerby
    May 14, 2010

    Popocatépetl isn’t doing anything more than it has for the last two months…frequent daily exhalations.

    Good view of the looming ash billowing over low clouds, Mulakot webcam.

    Icelandic authorities will have to consider moving livestock from the affected areas near Eyjaf to summer pasturage elsewhere. The eruption isn’t showing signs of stopping soon.

    This relocation is essential because the sheep, horses and cattle will suffer immune depression from a lack of sunlight, will suffer from micronutrient deficiency from a lack of minerals and PUFAs (essential fatty acids) in hay (versus new spring grass) and are still prone to fine ash health effects even when kept in barns.

    Locating sympathetic farm owners outside of the ash-deposition zone, willing to provide fenced pasture access and to keep an eye on the animals between animal owners visits, and matching them to number/type of animals from affected farms near Eyjaf would be a Good Thing.

  185. #189 Reynir, .is
    May 14, 2010

    #182: I usually see ‘kolniður’ in the context ‘kolniðamyrkur’ (extreme darkness), so I suspect that ‘kolniður’ is something very dark to look at.

  186. #190 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    May 14, 2010

    #182 Reynir, Anna, birdseye: pitch black, coal black? Birdseye, you need to give the word in context; translating is much more than knowing the words…

  187. #191 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 14, 2010

    @James (#184), Great pics, some of the links seem to be broken though. My internet connection has been funny today too.

    @Passerby (#186), a lot of farmers from all over the country have been in contact with the Farmers’ Association to offer their assistance — housing, grazing fields etc. Thing is, the farmers in the affected areas have been reluctant to take drastic measures, I guess they’re hoping the eruption will stop or slow down. But things have been going from bad to worse for them …

    @Reynir (#182) Then the word ought to be Kolnið, grammatically speaking 🙂

  188. #192 Anna, Reykjavík
    May 14, 2010

    @Kultsi (#188), Kolniður is a song title, there is no context.

    Nið (n) darkness (new moon)
    Niður (n) din
    Niður (adv) down

    Maybe Jónsi means “coal-down”? I guess somebody needs to give him a call and demand an explanation.

  189. #193 Passerby
    May 14, 2010

    @Anna, Yes. I suspected that affected farmers wouldn’t be keen on this drastic step. Large animal vets may need to encourage affected farm owners using animal welfare-health advisories.

  190. #194 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @Kultsi 188, this started when I was trying to find out about the song that accompanied the eruption time-lapse video that made Philipp feel bad…see@177 Think we have a good understanding now about it. 😉
    re:sheep, the biggest reluctance I guess aside from inconvenience (and the fact that you’d be moving pregnant ewes and newborns) would be moving animals onto possibly scrapie-carying grass, or farmers with clean farms receiving possibly scrapie-carrying animals – Chris mentioned this a few threads back. But it’s also a big loss to lose wool and lambs for a whole year, and maybe your ewes too. Being shut up without good ventilation is really bad for sheep. Big problem, I guess there are a lot of sheep farms in that area.

  191. #195 Summer, Canada
    May 14, 2010

    Looks like there is lava flows left of the current lava flow, complete with 2 black steam small plume and one small steam plume. I wonder how this will evolve.

  192. #196 birdseyeUSA
    May 14, 2010

    @Summer, Canada – we both goofed this time, everyone is over on the other string!

  193. #197 Chris, N.Ireland
    May 14, 2010

    Alot of earthquakes. Most of them deeper than 20km in the past hour.

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