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More Images of Volcanic Ash Plume Captured by NASA Satellites as Flights Resume in European Airspace
The airspace over Europe is slowly re-opening, and flights have begun to resume operations to and from destinations such as London, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt, with 22 local flights scheduled to and from LAX today. The plume of volcanic ash drifting across the continent from its source at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano continues to hold the world in its thrall and at its mercy.
NASA's satellites have also been keeping a watchful eye on the plume of ash along with airlines, travelers, and others. Over the weekend we put together a series of images captured of the first few days of the incident, and now have more recent ones to share that really drive home the magnitude of this event.
On their site, NASA explains:
The volcanic eruption has been particularly explosive because it has surged underneath a glacier 200 meters thick. Melting ice pouring into the crater helped create the plumes of ash that have risen as high as 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) into the air. (For the sake of comparison, commercial aircraft flying at 30,000 feet are at a height of 5.68 miles.) Now that the crater ice has mostly melted away, the ash cloud has decreased to below 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) in height, though eruption continues.