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Earth Scientists Head for Eruption Zone, Ash Scatters

Boli, the snowmobile of the search and rescue association Hjálparsveit skáta in Reykjavík, is now ready for an expedition to the eruption zone by Grímsvötn on Vatnajökull glacier.


The snowmobile at the foot of the subglacier Skálafellsjökull. The picture was taken at 4 pm after the ash had cleared in the area. Copyright: ICE-SAR.

The crew of three scientists and one technician, in addition the search and rescue team members, had to wait before the ash fall in Kirkjubaejarklaustur cleared, an ICE-SAR press release states.

Meanwhile, Dagmar Trodler, Iceland Review’s correspondent in Skálholt, south Iceland, reported that the ash cloud has arrived there (the following photo was taken at 5:30 pm).


Ash cloud arrives in Skálholt. Photo by Dagmar Trodler.

She reported that it is hardly possible to go outside because the ash irritates her eyes and it feels as if she has sand in her mouth.

Iceland Review’s photographer Páll Stefánsson has just returned from his flight over the eruption zone. They flew into a wall of ash, he reported, there was no belch of ash as in other eruptions he has photographed. See the explanatory picture below.


The wall of ash over Vatnajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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Follow for further news updates of the eruption. If you have any photos of the current Grímsvötn eruption and would like to see them published, please send them to [email protected] and [email protected].

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