IN PICTURES: Iceland’s volcanic eruption (updated)

An ash cloud originating from a volcano beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southwest Iceland is currently causing havoc in northern European airspace.

Here are some images from this unusual environmental event:

Friday April 16th

NEODAAS/University of Dundee, received by NASA’s Terra Satellite 

Another radar picture update below, this time with the ash cloud superimposed


Latest satellite imagery from the Met Office, taken at 1600 BST.


One lonely aircraft seen over UK airspace (Flight TOM663 if you’re interested). 


From Thursday April 15

Taken from, this image shows how much disorder the ash cloud is causing.

The aircraft icons around Europe show aircraft movement in the region. Note the lack of aircraft movement in the UK.


radar view of uk.jpg

A Bombardier Q300 surveillance aircraft which has captured images of the volcanic plume breaking the cloud layer:

Credit: Icelandic Coast Guard

Volcanic ash movement is tracked by nine advisory centres worldwide. The London centre monitors ash over the UK, Iceland and the northern Atlantic Ocean:

Source: London Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre

EUMETSAT’s Meteosat-9 geostationary meteorological satellite observed the ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. This image from three channels of Meteosat-9′s Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVERI) taken at 06:00 UTC on 15 April shows the jet stream at 300 hPa (10 kilometres high) with the volcanic cloud in black as ash is mixed with ice particles.

satellite iceland storm.jpgThe team at Yahoo have brought together some brilliant images from the Volcano in a special Flickr gallery.

To keep in touch with what’s happening, follow the appropriately named #ashtag on Twitter. 

11 Responses to IN PICTURES: Iceland’s volcanic eruption (updated)

  1. Andrew Sansone 15 April, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Volcanic ash caused flight delays as far away as Newark Airport in New Jersey

  2. Flight Case 15 April, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    I’m am amazed that travellers interviewed on news channels cannot understand why they are not being told when flights are going to start again

  3. Helge Nareid 15 April, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Note the lack of aircraft movement in all of North West Europe – which covers a considerably larger area than UK. As a matter of fact, parts of Norwegian airspace was closed as early as yesterday (14th April) afternoon, without any mention at all on this website.
    I do expect better of what is supposed to be a global website.

  4. Jaggy 16 April, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    So, this is the beginning of the end of the world. Seen 2012 film? Events happen as it shows. Lot of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen now. Seen news? The events at Argentina, Haiti, Chile, China, Iceland? World will definitely come to an end by 2012. No doubt in that. If you guys want to take some hefty loan take it and you dont need to pay back. ENJOY your life to the fullest.

  5. lisa 16 April, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    right! what would you rather do? fly and die or sit tight and wait? if the airports release any aircraft and the cloud does hit the uk the air ports are putting people’s lives at risk! thats why they aint letting any flights leave the ground! duh! its common sence!!!!!

  6. Susan 16 April, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Great images! It must have been a bit dangerous though for the people in the plane that took the picture of the volcanic clouds.

  7. Bernie McCann 16 April, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    It seems to me that transatlantic flights into Ireland would be reletively safe – is this happening?

  8. j dudley 17 April, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    We don’t understand because we are being told nothing. Cancelled flights are notified close to check-in time, as if the flight might happen. Then we are told rebook for later that week, as if normality might resume. And the maps don’t indicate if it is possible for flights to proceed at a lower level than normal.

    I appreciate that the duration of an eruption is an unknown. But I find it amazing that some airlines (whatever has the code TOM) seems to be trying, while others adopt a high precautionary principle.

  9. AircraftTechTrng 18 April, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    I dont believe anyone can forecast just when the volcanc ash will reduce a point where airways can be reopened. Whos to say that even if it all dies down over the next few days that a repeat doesnt occour. Its worring for the aviation industry and hopefully will end very soon Flight Global I feel have done a great job covering the issue

  10. Lauren moxon 19 April, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Any more info on what happened on travel, health, enviroment.

  11. RUPALI HANDA 19 April, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I feel dat its better to sit quiet and wait till the risk get minimised .i jus wanna say dat my brother was coming on 15.04.10 to his home for marriage purpose nd his flight has been delayed for twice .im missing him thankful to the airlines ,they are giving their 100% nd its my request to airlines to make the situation normal ASAP so dat everyone can reach their destinies safe and sound.i pray 4 all… LOVE YOU BHAIYA .COME BACK SOON……………..

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