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View of the ash cloud from the DLR's research aircraft



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View of the ash cloud from the DLR's research aircraft
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At 16:45 hrs on Sunday, 2 May, the DLR Falcon 20E jet took off from Keflavik, the airport near Iceland's capital city of Reyjavik, and flew its first leg to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, one of the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. Scientists used this flight for a very special undertaking – the world's first measurement of the eruptive flow mass of this volcano, conducted from a safe distance. From this value, the source strength of the volcano can be inferred, which improves the ability to make forecasts about the ash clouds.

Credit: DLR.