Situation in Europe – The Eyjafjallajokull eruption (Update)<- An email sent to me today.


Photographer Martin Rietze got to within 250 metres of the lava fountains to capture his stunning series of images


Lava hits the sea from the volcanic eruption between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers, east of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik


Only around an hour old, this lavaflow is falling from a steep cliff a few hundred metres from the main eruption


Lava spurts out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Fimmvorduhals volcano near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier


Close-up: The dark cloud of smoke coming from the Icelandic crater as seen by an Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter


The plume from the Icelandic volcano – seen as a grey-brown streak drifting across the middle of the image – is visible from space. It was imaged by the Modis instruments on two Nasa satellites as it blew towards the Shetland Islands


Coating: Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University collected these particles of volcanic ash (seen here under a microscope) which fell on cars in the centre’s grounds earlier today


Frozen: Ice chunks carried downstream by floodwaters caused by volcanic activity lie on the Markarfljot riverbank in Iceland yesterday


Dusty: A car in Iceland drives through the ash from the volcano


Widespread: Ash from the erupting volcano sweeps in an arc across the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Russia in this image from NASA yesterday


Spectacular: A satellite image of the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland



A man surveys what is left of the main Icelandic coastal road after it was washed away by flood water following the volcano eruption



Around 800 people have had to be evacuated and 70 tourists were rescued after they were trapped by the rising flood waters


Spectacular: Plumes of smoke shoot up from a volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland today which has erupted for the first time in 200 years


The Eyjafjallajokull eruption is the second in less than a month and has seen hundreds of international flights cancelled


Workers have been forced to smash holes through roads in Iceland to allow the surging flood water to escape out to sea


Part of the glacier has melted under the ferocious temperatures causing the flood swell to pour down the mountain


Experts are concerned the recent eruption could trigger another more powerful one from the nearby Katla volcano


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