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Eyjafjallajökull volcano

5.07.2010

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland erupted Wednesday, April 14, for the second time this month. The volcano has caused chaos for European travelers due to airport closures. Aura's OMI instrument captured images of the ash plume on April 15.

After the initial eruption, the ash that is extremely hazardous to aircraft, has subsided and most of the emission has been gaseous as seen in OMI SO2 images. However, a new ash cloud is now visible and will be monitored closely.

OMI Aerosol Index

OMI's images of Iceland eruption, ash plume

OMI Sulfer Dioxide

OMI's images of Iceland eruption, ash plume

Ash plume (aerosol index)


OMI's images of Iceland eruption, ash plume

SO2 is relatively low


OMI's images of Iceland eruption,  SO2 is relatively low

These are near-real-time OMI images of ash and sulfur dioxide from Icelandic eruption. Images courtesy of Simon Carn, Mich. Tech.

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