Míla’s webcam on Mt. Thórólfsfell in the Fljótshlíd district near Hvolsvöllur (road F261) shows how the lava stream from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption progresses below the Gígjökull glacial tongue, creating steam clouds and causing melt water to burst forward.
A screenshot from the Míla webcam.
An ash cloud extends from the crater of the summit of the glacier. The webcam also shows a tourist (in shorts!) observing the spectacle. Volcanologists assume that the lava flow will become visible before long as it progresses down the canyon by Gígjökull.
People who come to watch the Eyjafjallajökull eruption can witness Iceland living up to its reputation of being the “land of fire and ice” as lava is bursting out of a glacier. If they’re lucky, they might even catch the northern lights dance across the sky above the eruption, as seen in this photograph.
Meanwhile, people are coming up with new volcano jokes:
1. It’s a bit early for Iceland volcano jokes. We should wait awhile for the dust to settle.
2. I see that America has declared war on Iceland. Apparently they are accusing them of harbouring a “weapon of ash eruption”.
3. It was the last wish of the Icelandic economy that its ashes be scattered over Europe.
4. Iceland goes bankrupt, then it manages to set itself on fire. This has insurance scam written all over it.
5. “Waiter, there’s volcanic ash in my soup.” “I know, it’s a no-fly zone.”
6. Iceland’s Government was to reimburse the British Government 75 percent of the compensation it paid to the British deposit holders in Icelandic banks. The British Government paid out CASH; it didn’t expect the reimbursement of 3/4 of that to be ASH.
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