Grimsvotn GOES Boom

Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano sends a plume of ash 65,000 into the atmosphere – CLICK TO PLAY.

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.



  1. Lauri says:

    That is a truly awesome sight!


    1. J. Major says:

      No kidding!


  2. Oh! Yes, it is almost expected this to happen since it’s a year or volcano eruptions and earthquakes!


  3. Looks like this will cause more global warming since the dark colored ash will deposit light absorbing dust on the snow of Northern Europe. The light will now be absorbed instead of being reflected back into space.


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