Eyjafjallajokull Volcano | John Seach



63.63 N, 19.62 W
summit elevation 1666 m

World's first summit eruption video of Eyjafjallajokull volcano taken by John Seach...

Eyjafjallajokull volcano is located in southern Iceland under Eyjafjallajökull icecap. The southern end of the volcano was once part of the Atlantic coastline. The sea level has retreated some 5 km, leaving behind sheer cliffs with and many waterfalls such as Skógafoss.

Eyjafjallajokull volcano contains a 2.5 km wide caldera. Eyjafjallajokull has been much less active than neighboring volcanoes. Since 1600's there have only been three eruptions at Eyjafjallajokull, while nearby Katla had 20 eruptions.

Eyjafjallajokull eruption, April 2010

Eyjafjallajokull volcano
Eyjafjallajokull volcano April 2010

Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, April 2010

World's First Expedition to the summit eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, April 2010
The first summit expedition to Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland during the 2010 eruption was made by John Seach. While on the summit John observed two active vents inside the main crater. The southern vent was showing almost continuous Strombolian activity, and the northern vent showed phreatomagmatic eruptions. Intensified activity occurred under the Gigjokull Glacier on 1st May.

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Eyjafjallajokull eruptions

Further reading
Gudmundsson, Magnús T., et al. "Eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland." Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 91.21 (2010): 190-191.

Sigmundsson, F., Hreinsdóttir, S., Hooper, A., Arnadóttir, T., Pedersen, R., Roberts, M.J., Óskarsson, N., Auriac, A., Decriem, J., Einarsson, P. and Geirsson, H., 2010. Intrusion triggering of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull explosive eruption. Nature468(7322), pp.426-430.

Gertisser, R., 2010. Eyjafjallajökull volcano causes widespread disruption to European air traffic. Geology Today26(3), pp.94-95.

Stohl, A., Prata, A.J., Eckhardt, S., Clarisse, L., Durant, A., Henne, S., Kristiansen, N.I., Minikin, A., Schumann, U., Seibert, P. and Stebel, K., 2011. Determination of time-and height-resolved volcanic ash emissions and their use for quantitative ash dispersion modeling: the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics11, pp.4333-4351.

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Eruptions

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