Ash covered glacier after the Grímsvötn volcano eruption, Iceland (satellite image)

As with the Nabro, Eritrea volcano, NASA Earth Observatory is a great supplier of outer space images from beautiful and sometimes exceptional nature events. The eruption of Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano filled newspapers all over the world (mainly because everybody feared disrupted air traffic).
The area covered with ash is far less than the current ongoing eruption of the Nabro volcano in Eritrea, Ethiopia.  Almost NO newspaper in the world is covering that story ... .

After covering a large portion of Iceland with ash in late May 2011, Grímsvötn Volcano left behind a small lake filled with melt water and a hole in the Vatnajökull Glacier. This natural-color satellite image was acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) on June 11, 2011.
The lake covers much of the site of the eruption, with the possible exception of the crescent-shaped feature along the southern shore of the lake. This may be a tephra cone left behind by the eruption. Gray ash covers the ice of Vatnajökull Glacier near the vent. Further away, the ash layer itself is obscured by snow.

Ash covered glacier after the Grímsvötn eruption, Iceland

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