Excellent visualization of Grimsvotn’s ash cloud

Last April we showed you a variety of imagery and tools related to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland, as it caused some major travel delays across the globe.
This year, the nearby Grimsvotn volcano is the one erupting and causing issues, though it’s on a much smaller scale than Eyjafajallajokull’s was. To show the extent of the ash cloud from Grimsvotn, Adam Burt has built a very cool visualization in Google Earth.


Not only is it a great visualization, but it has a few extra dimensions that you wouldn’t expect; elevation and time. You can fly through the visualization to see how the ash spreads differently at different elevations, and you can also animate the entire cloud to see it in motion.
To try it for yourself, simply download this KMZ file. For more, check out the post over on Ogle Earth.
Nice work Adam!

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. Awesome graphic, the ash cloud is moving to Germany. Check your flight status throught CancelledFlights.info ,post your delayed or cancelled flight, and share your alternative transport method. Thanks

  2. James Taleforth says:

    This is very interesting.
    The visualization of the actual ash cloud makes it far easier to comprehend than just the news reporters telling us what is happening from the ground. I have written an article about the ash cloud and it effects.

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