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Wrath of Hell - Eyjafjallajökull Eruption

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

I went back last night to photograph the volcano. This time the sky was much clearer (until late night) and the ash cloud went straight south from the eruption which meant I could photograph it from the side, not from behind like the day before.

 

The volcano was not constantly blowing ash, it came in bursts, big bursts. This time I could also clearly see the lava fountain that is the cause of all the Mayhem. I guess that the highest flames reached 1000m above the crater. It was just insane to watch this. This small image cant even come close to describe natures display of power. The mountain in foreground is just below 1700m high so you can just see how large those flames are.

 

I have been thinking is this volcano destructive or constructive? On short times scale it might be destructive, causing local damage and global problems. On a long time scale it is constructive as this island I live on with all its beautiful landscape has been created by volcanic activity.

 

NOTE: For travelers going to Iceland. The volcano is only affecting small part in south Iceland. Rest of the country is perfectly safe. Here in Reykjavík we wouldn´t even know that there is an eruption if it wasn´t for the news.

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Taken on April 17, 2010