Pictures from the Grímsvötn eruption in Iceland
It’s been less than 24 hours since the eruption began, but better photos are quickly emerging. For more details about the eruption read the first report of the Grímsvötn eruption and the second report. The following pictures are from the Icelandic news and friends.
This picture by Friðrik Páll Friðriksson shows the hotel, Fosshótel in Skaftafell. The bright picture is taken on the 21. May at 20:20, while the ash filled one is from the 22. May at 07:00.
This picture is also by Friðrik and taken in Skaftafell. As you can see considerable ash has fallen in this area.
People try to keep the fine grained ash from entering windows by closing them firmly and then using wet towels as a further seal.
Even though the eruption is very far from Reykjavík, it can still be seen in the far distance.
Complicated winds around the ash cloud make 20km high ash cloud difficult to predict.
Up close and personal with the Grímsvötn eruption.
The white you see below the ash cloud is the Vatnajökull glacier.
This photo by Jónas Erlendsson shows a rescue team in the affected area. An eruption like this one does not cause any actual danger for people. But rescue teams have been dispatched to distribute dust masks in the affected areas. Farmers need them to be able to comfortably tend to their animals outside.
This picture was taken by a friend of mine, Róbert Þór, who is working as a guide in Skaftafell. Skaftafell is the nearest inhabited area. The picture is one of the first taken of the eruption, last night.
This picture, taken by Róbert Reynisson, is from the only town significantly affected by the eruption. People in Kirkjubæjarklaustur are recommended to stay inside. However no areas are to be evacuated due to the eruption.