Grímsvotn Volcano Plume

MODIS satellite photo of the Grimstvotn volcano eruption, Iceland, May 22 2011

This amazing NASA MODIS satellite photo captures Iceland’s most active volcano, Grímsvötn erupting on May 22, 2011. The image shows the ash column rising above cloud level,  casting a shadow to the west.  A brown plume of volcanic ash shrouds the southern part of the island, obscuring much of the coastline.

According to BBC News, the eruption was the biggest the island has seen for over fifty years. However, prevailing weather patterns and denser ash particles mean it isn’t expected to cause the same level of disruption to European aviation as the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

Also see: Latest Iceland volcano ash cloud forecast maps

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