Photo Of Ash And Sand Clouds From Space - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Photo Of Ash And Sand Clouds From Space

Published September 18, 2013

LANDSAT-8 took some rather vivid photos from space of the ash and sand blown across south Iceland by the high winds which rocked the country yesterday.
LANDSAT-8, a satellite which orbits the Earth once every 99 minutes to take photos of the planet, has sent back some pretty striking photos of what south Iceland looked like yesterday. Winds reaching up to 40m/s were prevalent across south and east Iceland last Monday and Tuesday.
Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, an associate professor of the Geological Department at the University of Iceland, told RÚV, “In this photo [shown above], you can see ash and sand storms over Mýrdalsandur and Landeyjasandur. There’ve been strong northern winds over the past few days, and the sand has blown more than 400 kilometres.”
Much of the ash blown by the winds is fallout from Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010. A full resolution shot can be seen here.


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