The Eruption beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in the south of
Iceland began April 14th, 2010.
Magma coming into contact with the ice caused the chilled lava to form
glass particles that were ejected into the upper atmosphere and were
considered to be hazardous to air travel. The ash plume reached heights that halted
jet travel for many days. Meltwater from the eruption also caused
flooding and washed away parts of the main road.
Previous eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull have occurred in 920, 1612, and from 1821-1823.