Iceland Volcano: Satellite Images of the Ash Cloud & Eruption

April 16, 2010, By Alex Ion

Air travel in Europe is getting worse and worse as a large plume of ash and dust from the Iceland volcano that erupted a few days ago, is conquering the airspace.

If yesterday all British airports were closed, today we found out that Germany followed suit with at least 11 airports closing gates. Experts are saying that more than half a million travelers have been affected by direct cancellations, or planes not reaching their final destination.

On top of that, we’re hearing that the memorial service for Polish president who died in a plane crash last weekend in Russia, may be postponed as more and more presidents are having a tough time getting to Poland.

For now there’s nothing we can do but wait. So what about these satellite images showing the plume of ash and dust moving across into the atmosphere?

Iceland Volcano: Satellite Images of the Ash Cloud & Eruption

Ash Plume of Icelandic Volcano (Satellite Images - enlarge)

“NASA’s Terra satellite flew over the volcano the following day at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) on April 15, 2010, and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS instrument onboard Terra captured a visible image of the ash plume from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano.” [Image from NASA.gov]

Check out these amazing images with the eruption (click them to enlarge)

And some more images showing the ash cloud on the map.

Iceland Volcano: Satellite Images of the Ash Cloud & Eruption

Iceland Volcano: Satellite Images of the Ash Cloud & Eruption

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