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This natural-color satellite image from April 17 provides a look at the new eruptive phase of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. A cloud of charcoal-brown ash covers half the image. A fresh plume of ash rises over the summit, its southern face illuminated by sunlight and its northern face deeply shadowed. The ash column casts a tall shadow onto the snow-covered ground to the north. West of the plume, the ground is nearly covered by ash.
This high-resolution view of the plume was captured by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. A wider-area view of the eruption was captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite the same day.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory (earthobservatory.nasa.gov).
Additional satellite imagery of Eyjafjallajökull can be found at: www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/gallery/gallery_dsrs.php