The Grímsvötn eruption captured in time-lapsed pictures

The Grímsvötn volcanic blast captured in time-lapsed stills.
Thanks Luisport
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14 Responses to The Grímsvötn eruption captured in time-lapsed pictures

  1. Jens Skapski says:

    Nice pictures! It shows the beauty and danger of this volcano! I hope the ash stays in Iceland and I hope the sulfur stays in the volcano!


  2. luisport says:

    Jón Frímann says:
    May 23, 2011 at 20:13
    Assuming that this numbers that I found in the news are reviewed GPS data. The the GUFM GPS station has moved 40 meters to the north and about 20 cm down. I do not know how correct the news has this numbers. There also might be errors in the news (if the reporter got things wrong).

    Other GPS stations nearby have not moved this much in the last 24 hours from what I gather. So that suggests that the data from GUFM might be wrong. But this should be be become clear in the next few days how much the deflation is taking place in Grímsfjall volcano.

    The news also report that it seems that the magma is coming from great depth. That might mean a long eruption in Grímsfjall volcano.

    The GUFM GPS station.

    If this has a deep magma origin, it will imply more eruption time and possiblly trigger a fissural eruption in nearby volcanos isn’t it? More magma volume… economic implications are becoming signifficant in Iceland and will be in Europe… Scotland has allready canceled flights and the UK will have some today and more tomorrow!


  3. luisport says:

    Henrik says:
    May 23, 2011 at 22:58

    According to the article, 2000 tons are being ejected every second. That’s approximately 700 cu m per second, 2,500,000 per hour and 60,000,000 per day. A guesstimate based on this would be a total of about 150,000,000 – 200,000,000 cu m (0,15 – 0,20 cu km), a comfortable VEI 4 and more than the entire output of Eyjafjallajökull in a little over 48 hours.


  4. luisport says:

    First shots from up close to the vent, on the ground (well, on the ice):


  5. luisport says:

    Adam says:
    May 24, 2011 at 00:30
    Hi, I live in Dublin, Ireland and my car was covered by ash left after the rain poured on it late afternoon today. So the ash got to Ireland, I even felt it in my mouth after the rain. I was shocked by my discovery.



  6. luisport says:

    Yes, people seing ash fall so far as Dublin, Ireland’s capital shows clearly the magnitude of this eruption… BIG!!!


  7. Luisport says:

    UK: Emergency cabinet meeting (COBRA) today because of the ash. more than 300 flights cancelled in the UK


  8. Luisport says:

    Sky News interview with Katheryn Goodenough from the Royal Geological Survey – “most powerful eruption seen in Iceland for 50 years”


  9. Luisport says:

    Alyson says:
    May 24, 2011 at 13:37

    You can watch the spread of the ash cloud in real time on here



    • Frédéric Guariento says:

      DHL report:

      Limited service impact due to ash cloud

      At this moment our services to and from Iceland have been restored, but in the meantime the ash cloud produced by the Iceland volcano Grimsvötn has reached the north of the UK and parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia. The ash cloud can temporarily disrupt normal aircraft operations in these zones.

      Until further notice we continue to pick up & deliver shipments, without limitations. We are making adjustments to our network as necessary and providing alternative options by road to best serve our customers. We do, however, expect some delay, e.g. for shipments to and from Scotland, which are currently moving partially by road.


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