Photographer's Note

Eruption on Eyjafjallajokull

Iceland’s recent volcanic activity at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the southern region of the country has drawn a lot of attention from geologists and volcanologists worldwide. Of course I went there asap.

This is a picture from the volcanic eruption on Fimmvorduhals near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier South Iceland. 200 years have passed since the last eruption from this volcano, it lasted 2 years.

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano burst into life for the first time in 190 years on March 20, 2010. A 500-meter- (2,000-foot) long fissure opened in the Fimmvörduháls pass to the west of the ice-covered summit of Eyjafjallajökull. Lava fountains erupted fluid magma, which quickly built several hills of bubble-filled lava rocks (scoria) along the vent. A lava flow spread northeast, spilling into Hrunagil Gully.

The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull was presaged by a series of earthquakes starting in early March. Over time, the earthquakes rose towards the surface, and land near the volcano rose at least 40 millimeters (2 inches)—both indications that magma was moving underneath the volcano.

Original in RAW format - Nikon D3s - 160 mm
GPS Latitude > 63,37.9833N
GPS Longitude > 19,26.4709W

This picture has been published in: Detay M., Detay A.-M. — Islande - splendeurs et colères d’une île. Belin Ed. 208 p. (2010). ISBN 978-2-7011-5762-7

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