The volcanic eruption on Iceland is causing serious trouble, both for individuals and for society at large. Still, there is something deeply fascinating about the enormous powers that are let loose when a volcano erupts.
The current eruption at Eyjafjallajökull started on March 20 at Fimmvörðuháls, which is located between Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull covers the much bigger volcano Katla, which historically has followed with an eruption every time that the Eyjafjallajökull volcano has erupted.
Below are some beautiful pictures taken by photographers visiting the site of the first eruption.
Icelandic photographer Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson witnessed how massive amounts of steam was generated, writing that:
The lava from the eruption flows into two steep and deep canyons, Hrunagil and Hvannárgil. Here lava is flowing into the longer Hvannárgil just an hour after it going down the canyon.
The upper part of the canyon was filled with deep snow and ice. When the 1000°C hot lava mass and the snow/ice come into contact huge clouds of steam are formed. Occasional explosions also occur as steam gets trapped under hardened lava.
His amazing photo of the event is seen below.
Several other great photos are found here.