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OE geologist photographs Icelandic volcano

17 April 2010

An Old Edwardian who was leading a geological survey of a glacier in Iceland took one of the last aerial photos of Eyjafjallajökull erupting on Friday.  Jeremy Everest (1990), who was leading the 4D monitoring of Glacier Evolution project, flew on one of the last flights to Iceland from the UK on Friday and took some dramatic images.  Jeremy said:

"After successfully upgrading the BGS weather station at Oraefajokull and completing passive seismic surveying around the margins of the Vatnajokull glaciers, all staff returned to the UK safe and well. This followed an epic 17 hour drive round the whole of Iceland to get back to Reykjavik, as our normal direct route back had been cut off by the eruption at Eyjafjallajökull!

Even though we were about 200km away whilst doing our research, we were able to see the eruption plume, but our best views were from the Icelandair plane on the way home."

Volcanic ash, from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, is currently shrouding the whole of Northern Europe, causing travel chaos. This dramatic picture was taken on Friday on board the last flight to leave Iceland (Friday, 1830 BST). Flying at around 30,000 feet, the Icelandair flight FI450 skirted the edge of the vast grey ash cloud (to the right of the jet engine) offering a rare glimpse of the cause of the air-travel disruption in Europe. The flight landed safely in Glasgow at 2130 - just a few hours before the total restriction of all flights over UK airspace came into force.