Watch as a huge cloud of ash bursts into the upper atmosphere from Iceland’s Grímsvötn volcano in this sequence of images taken by NASA’s GOES-13 weather observation satellite. The oblique angle of illumination and position along the edge of the globe emphasizes the incredible vertical scale of the eruption. (Click to play.)
Grímsvötn erupted on Saturday, May 21, sending an ash plume 12 miles high and closing local airports. Covered by glacial ice, the eruption was rather explosive and very dramatic…as seen in many photos circulating online today.
Iceland’s most active volcano, Grímsvötn hasn’t erupted this forcefully in almost a century.