Imagery of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland

By now, most of you have heard about the volcano that has erupted beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland. Not only is it causing substantial flooding in Iceland due to the melting glacier, but it’s causing the cancellation of the thousands of flights across Europe. It’s the largest disruption in air travel since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.
NASA has released some incredibly sharp imagery of the ash cloud, which is seen here:

Iceland ash cloud

You can download the KML file yourself if you’d like to check it out in Google Earth. Be aware that it’s a very large image and could take a minute or so to load.
You can also view some fresh imagery that GeoEye has published of the area, but it takes a few steps to get there:

Open Google Earth, open the More category in the Layers panel, and turn on GeoEye Featured Imagery. Then search for Iceland, click on the GeoEye logo at the south end of the island, and then click “View Full Resolution Image in Google Earth” in the window that pops up


About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. they said this ash cloud will reach romania at 3AM,romania local time….i want to see this awesome event…it’s something very interesting!

  2. I’am living in The Netherlands, near the Westcoast. You could see some beautiful sunsets with many red and orange colors due to the ash cloud.

  3. I was lucky so far concerning airport shutdowns. Now my next journey is to Reykjavik. Fingers crossed that I won’t need to use my printout of volcano pastime hints for people getting stuck in Iceland…!

  4. yes it also become case of delaying my travel to Europe as i am going to spend my vocations there.

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