May 11, 2010

The Eerie Beauty of Iceland's Volcano

Aurora Borealis
Just days before its second eruption in April 2010, lava poured out of two fissures near Eyjafjallajokull.

On April 15, the volcano began to spew ash into the sky, disrupting travel across northern Europe. The next day, the smoke, above, continued to emerge.

Sky Blue
A cloud of volcanic ash moves over a family farm in Fimmvorduhals, Iceland.

The eruption destroyed this road over the Markarfljot River to the west of the glacier.

Highway to Hell
Cars drive along a road covered in ash.

Scientists collect samples of the ash to send to labs for analysis.

On the Run
Horses are herded to safety away from the volcanic cloud.

The View From Above
The crater at the summit of a volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier spews ash on April 17.

A farmer hunts for cattle lost in the ash clouds.

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