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The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull are a series of major volcanic events at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. They caused significant disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe in 2010.
Seismic activity started at the end of 2009, and led to a volcanic eruption on 20 March 2010 whose Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) was 1. The plume of ash from a later ongoing eruption beginning on 14 April 2010 led to widespread disruption of air travel in Europe from 15 April, grounding planes and affecting the travel plans of millions of passengers worldwide. The aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptions adversely affected travel around the world, with air space across more than 20 European countries remaining largely closed until April 20.
Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano complex and eruption cloud.
As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans. Some restricted airspace is now beginning to open up and some limited flights are being allowed now as airlines are pushing for the ability to judge safety conditions for themselves. The volcano continues to rumble and hurl ash skyward, if at a slightly diminished rate now, as the dispersing ash plume has dropped closer to the ground, and the World Health Organization has issued a health warning to Europeans with respiratory conditions. Collected here are some images from Iceland over the past few days.
Massive ash emission from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano complex and ash plume with intensive lightning.
Zoom on lightning caused by electrical discharge within the ash column.
Fireworks over Eyafallajökull.
The ash column assumes the shape of a plinian eruption.
Clear starry night above the eruption of Eyafallajökull.
Incadescence near the eruptive centre at lower left.
Overview of Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano complex and eruption column at dusk.
Massive ash emission from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption late in the evening.
The eruption column rises above a stratocumulus cloud deck; farms in the foreground.
Plenty of ash to affect European air travel...
The volcano dominates the southern Icelandic landscape (17. April 2010).
Zoom on the eruption column surrounded bylightning (18. April 2010).
Intensive lightning over the southern half of the fissure (18. April 2010).
The eruption has penetrated the icecap; note ash covering the glacier.
Collapse structures in the ice cap as a result of subglacial outflow of meltwater.
Departing and looking back towards the massive eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.
Ash-covered icecap, crater and collpased meltwater channel (lower right).
Magmatic activity becomes visible between steam and ash clouds.
Powerful Strombolian eruptions from a vent in the crater floor.
Massive lava clots are expelled by the explosions.
Ejected lava clots and billowing ash cloud.
Dante's inferno: a close-up view into Eyjafjallajökull's crater.
Looking into the meltwater channel through which the lahar flowed.
Strombolian eruptions and drifting ash plume from Eyjafjallajökull.
Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano complex; note sandur plain in foreground.
Tele-photo view of the Strombolian eruptions at the summit of Eyjafjallajökull.