Check out this awesome view of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano [Photo]

Anyone remember that volcano eruption of 2010 that dumped ash all over Europe and caused havoc with air travel? Yeah, well, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull was responsible for that whole mess. It started erupting on March 20, 2010 with a second eruption on April 12, 2010. After that the sky was the limit for Eyjafjallajokull to screw with airlines and passengers.

The following photograph is of ash and lightening above the Eyjafjallajokull volcano; let me know if it looks as damn amazing as I think it does:

Of course I wouldn’t want to be at that place at the time this was happening (or any other time, for that matter), but I can enjoy the beauty from the safety of my home, right?

[via NASA, Image credit Marco Fulle]

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  1. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jeanjean: Oh. Enjoy your walk :-)
    @chuck: Indeed, although a bit dark for my taste as a background.
    @AFPhys: Yeah, I agree — with both your statements.
    @vandamme: Ahhhh, physics! Thanks for the info. :-)
    @Prema: What you need is
    @Bob: With a camera? I’m confused as to what you are asking.
    @barney: Say what? I don’t see anyone.

  2. vandamme

    There’s volcano lightning due to the triboelectric effect: charged pieces of dust falling through a differently charged cloud (of dust), and the kinetic energy of the falling dust builds up more charge. Like one of those big Van de Graaf generators that shoot huge sparks. It’s all very dry so builds up lots of voltage. Thunderstorms do the same thing, because the raindrops are not connected and don’t short each other out.