Now that the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull may be drawing to a halt scientists and historian will write learned reports on the whole affair. The two eruptions in two months are a reminder that the forces of nature are very strong and to a large extent unpredictable. There had been signs of some sort of activity in the Eyjafjallajökull area the weeks before the eruption, but nobody could have predicted two very unlike eruptions at that time.
Eyjafjallajökull. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review
One of the most important evidence for scientific study is photographic evidence. This has been hampered because strict rules to insure public safety have been in force. One well known photographer, Martin Rietze, has taken photos of eruptions all over the world. Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson said on his blog on May 17: “It is not clear how Martin obtained such photos and videos when you take into consideration that the area is closed. There are rumors that he walked over the glacier from Stóra Mörk [a farm near the road to Thórsmörk] up the glacier to Godasteinn to obtain those photos, a six to ten kilometer walk each leg. The walk has been well worth his while as one can see from his photos. Martin is a legend among photographers all over the world and those who want more information on the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull seen up close. But now that I have reveal this the Public Safety Commission will probably be waiting for him the next time he comes to Keflavík Airport. Sorry, Martin!”
Fimmvörduháls. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review
You can see Martins photos and videos of Eyjafjallajökull here. (The second eruption)
The photos and videos from Fimmvörduháls can be seen here. (The first eruption)
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