Documenting the Volcanic Eruption at Fimmvörðuháls 2010
by: Rafn Sig,-
Breathtaking video and slide show sceneries from the Volcanic eruption in Fimmvörðuháls / Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland 2010 made by the Professional Landscape and Documentary Photographer Rafn Sigurbjörnsson
Fimmvörðuháls (Icelandic pronunciation: (“five cairns pass”) is the area between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull in southern Iceland.
On 20 March 2010, an eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano began in Fimmvörðuháls following months of small earthquakes under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.
The eruption began around 23:00 and opened a 0.5 km (0.31 mi) long fissure vent on the northern part of the pass. Just over a week later, the Fimmvörðuháls eruption produced a 300-meter (980 ft)-long fissure and new craters were seen erupting on a northward path toward the area of Thórsmörk, a popular tourist nature preserve, prompting tours to stop briefly as volcanologists assessed the situation further.
The two new craters at Fimmvörduháls were named Magni and Móði, after the sons of Thor, the Norse god of thunder. It is an apt name because Thórsmörk is close to the craters.
The new lava field was named Goðahraun, because the lava streamed in the area Goðaland. These official names were accepted by the Minister of Education and Culture 15 June 2010.
In April 2010, this was followed by a larger eruption on Eyjafjallajökull itself.
As a native photographer I feel responsible to leave all I can behind to show how it looked like, with my photography, before it’s too late.
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