Another significant volcanic ash plume from Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland

May 6th, 2010 |
Meteosat-9 SEVIRI volcanic ash retreival products

Meteosat-9 SEVIRI volcanic ash retrieval products

The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull (which started to become active again in late March 2010) continued to remain active into early May, with another significant plume being observed on 06 May 2010. EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 SEVIRI volcanic ash retrieval products (above) showed a plume streaming southeastward from Iceland, with the maximum ash cloud height reaching 17.27 km. These volcanic ash retrieval products provide a demonstration of the type of products that will be available with the ABI instrument on the GOES-R satellite — they are available in near-realtime on the CIMSS GOES-R Proving Ground site.

A Terra MODIS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) image (using bands 01/04/03) shows the brown ash plume curving southeastward and then southward over the eastern Atlantic Ocean (below).

Terra MODIS RGB image (using bands 01/04/03)

Terra MODIS RGB image (using bands 01/04/03)

As a result of this most recent volcanic eruption, some airports in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic were closed on 06 May.

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A Terra MODIS RGB image using bands 01/04/03 (below) showed a very long and narrow volcanic plume emanating from Eyjafjallajökull on 07 May.

Terra MODIS RGB image (using bands 01/04/03)

Terra MODIS RGB image (using bands 01/04/03)

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