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Lightning Strikes - Grímsvötn Eruption, Vatnajökull, Iceland | by orvaratli
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Lightning Strikes - Grímsvötn Eruption, Vatnajökull, Iceland

Yes, as you might know there is another eruption in Iceland. This time it is the remote Grímsvötn caldera erupting.

 

It erupts every 5 years recently. Usually small and short lived eruptions. Now its been 7 years since last eruption and this one is HUGE!!

 

The plume reaches 20km in height. The place is in the most middle of nowhere one can be in Iceland in a center of a large ice cap, the Vatnajökull ice cap. Access is hard, one needs to have a big 4x4 to get there. Airplanes can go close because the ash cloud reaches into all directions with alot of lightning activity. Those on the ground near the volcano risk been zapped by one of them.

 

I would say the lightning activity was not as high as in Eyjafjallajökull eruption during its peak day but the lightning strikes where all over the place. The fellow photographer reported being 1km from the eruption must be a mad man.

 

We where about 60-70km from the eruption but we still had to look up to see the top of the plume.

 

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Taken on May 22, 2011