Powerful Images of Nature’s Awesome Power Being Unleashed


The eruptions in 2010 of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland were notable, not because of their strength, which was relatively small for volcanic eruptions, but more so since it caused unprecedented disruption to air travel. This was particularly felt across northern and western Europe over an initial timeframe of 6 days in April of that year. Seismic activity began at the close of 2009 and slowly went up in intensity until March 20, 2010, when a small eruption occurred rated on the Volcanic Explosivity Index as a 1.

plumes of smoke Eyjafjallajökull

From April 14–20, ash engulfed large areas of northern Europe when the volcano erupted. Approximately 20 countries shut down their airspace to commercial jet traffic and about 10 million travelers were affected. More, although localized disruption continued into May of 2010. The Eyjafjallajökull eruption was confirmed formally over in October 2010, as snow on the glacier was observed to not be melting.

Eyjafjallajökull plumes of smoke

Images taken by Sverrir Thorolfsson of the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull show the awesome power unleashed by Mother Nature. One can also observe the ensuing fallout from the four and half kilometer high plume as captured by Thorolfsson that settled on the greenery around Skogafoss waterfall. The running water looks almost crystal-like when seen in contrast with the sea of gray ash that literally blanketed the surrounding environment.

Eyjafjallajökull smoke

Thorolfsson is known as one of the most inspirational photographers around.  He creates images from people, unique landscapes as well as wildlife of his country that can be considered works of art. Choose any of his works randomly posted on Flickr and you will immediately see the consistency of his work which spans a three year period.  Thorolfsson’s pictures carry a trademark style that is unmistakably his, and some observers say you can pick out a Thorolfsson imageh from other photographers quite easily.

smoke Eyjafjallajökull

See what we mean by visiting his Flickr account here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.