Another Icelandic volcano is erupting. Last year, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano erupted, paralyzing air traffic and grounding planes across Europe. Grímsvötn starting spewing late Saturday evening. The volcano, which has been dormant since 2004, has already closed Iceland’s air space. The disruption caused by this volcanic event are anticipated to be less severe since ground-based radar measurements in Iceland are showing that the plume is reaching higher altitudes than Eyjafjallajoekull’s.
The eruptions are being monitored by the European Space Agency with satellite imagery and maps being released to the public. Monitoring includes ground-based radar measurements of the plume height (12-17km), predicting the path of volcanic ash, and sulfur-dioxide emissions.