24 May '11, 6pm

Two views of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland’s Grímsvötn taken today by our Terra & Aqua satellites.

Volcano initially remained localized, by May 24, 2011, the ash cloud had spread over the North Sea. This pair of natural-color satellite image shows a dense plume of ash between Scotland and Norway (top), and ash spreading from Iceland across the North Atlantic (lower). The London Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) reported the ash at an altitude of 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) at 12:00 UTC, 50 minutes after the top image was acquired. According to EUROCONTROL, The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, approximately 250 flights were cancelled in the United Kingdom due to the ash, and flights in southern Scandinavia were likely to be cancelled as well.

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