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Eruption in Iceland

News just out is that the sub-glacial volcano Grímsvötn beneath the Vatnajökull icecap in southeast Iceland has erupted today. A jökulhlaup – the burst of flood that usually follows sub-glacial eruptions – can be expected 10-12 hours from now.

The following images were taken on the stretch of Ring Road that runs across the great sand plain known as Skeiðarársandur, the area that would be vulnerable to any glacial pop unleashed by Grímsvötn. The last deadly jökulhlaup recorded here was in 1996.

Fjallsjökull, a tongue of the Vatnajökull glacier

Fjallsjökull, a tongue of the Vatnajökull glacier
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
Driving into the wall of ice

Driving into the wall of ice
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Remains of the bridge at Skeiðarársandur

Twisted remains of the bridge at Skeiðarársandur from the 1996 jökulhlaup
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
Skaftafellsjökull

Skaftafellsjökull, another tongue of Vatnajökull
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 L IS II

 
Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
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