Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption continues

Erupting since late March, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland has thrown an ash cloud into the atmsophere, nearly paralyzing air travel across Europe.

iceland volcano

Aqua MODIS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) image showing the ash plume on 17 April 2010.

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) Blog is providing ongoing satellite coverage and analysis of the eruption and ash cloud event.

The NOAA/NESDIS/STAR visualization lab has put together an animation of the April 16, 2010 ash cloud that moved from northern to central Europe using our GOES-R volcanic ash mass loading retrievals. This is the same cloud that forced the airspace over Europe to be closed. See link below:

The above animation is meant to be used by the media, not for scientific purposes. The original, more scientifically meaningful, animation can be found at:

Elsewhere on the ever-helpful Web, a pronunciation guide.



Last Updated:
April 20, 2010
SSEC, 1225 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706, USA
For questions or problems about this page, please contact
SSEC Webmaster