Lightning strikes Eyjafjallajokull

Astronomer Snaevarr Gudmundsson from Iceland was able to travel to within just a few kilometers from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and shared his incredible close-up images with Universe Today. “I stayed near the volcano from about 16:00 hours to 22:00 hours on Saturday and watched its impressive eruption,” Gudmundsson said in an email to me. “Amazing event, awesome explosions of 1200 °C hot magma reaching ice and water. I shot more than 550 images during these hours of continuous enjoyment. Sounds ridiculous but its ever changing appearance was never boring.”

As pretty as it is, this shit better clear up soon. Iive got a flight booked from Shanghai to Moscow in two weeks time, and at the moment even all flights in & out of Moscow have been shitcanned. Meanwhile in the UK, the shit has started to hit the fan.

More pics here

Also, can anyone not Icelandic actually pronounce Eyjafjallajokull?


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12 comments on “Lightning strikes Eyjafjallajokull”

  1. ACEwoK

    Yep, its pronounced “Eyjafjallajokull” ;)

  2. Steelhip



    In Icelandic, “Eyja” means island, “fjall” or “fyjoll” means mountain, and “jökull” means glacier – so “the islandmountainglacier volcano” might do the trick for those still struggling.

  3. Tintin

    2000 people were killed in an earthquake in China last week, it doesn’t seem to be getting so much media attention.

  4. TassieTiff

    That is one fuckin unlucky mountain…… There is 1,300,000,000 Chinese People left !….. There is only 200 People on the planet who can Pronounce the name of that Mountain.

  5. Ziggythecablemo

    Those photos are amazing – we should put’em into a “Zgeek end of the world 2012 is coming!” theme.

  6. bobdown

    I’ve been using this a a desktop since yesterday

  7. bobdown

    Oh, and I’ve been pronouncing it as… Getafuckingeyefullofthat.

  8. Phyltr

    I’ve been calling it Mt Karma as the Ex is now stuck in transit somewhere and didn’t listen to me when I told her to get travel insurance.

    This is where I take a deep breath and don’t rant for half a page.

  9. Ziggythecablemo

    They said on the news that a lot of travel insurance isn’t covering it claiming it to be an “act of God” – I’d LOVE to see what would happen if Richard Dawkins was given that explanation.

  10. Hairyman

    I think it is called force majeur these days. Someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

  11. Ziggythecablemo

    Actually I think “Force Majeur” is Pirate’s gimp name on Tuesday nights when he works at that “club”, no? Hasn’t he got an extended booking now actually?

    Bah like someone would send him on “training”….

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