Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano bulging slightly, can't stop thinking about that vixen, Mount St. Helens.
From USA Today
The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is starting to bulge out, or experience "significant changes in horizontal movement," according to volcanologists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland.
Global positioning satellite stations placed around the volcano have been moving outwards over the last 48 hours. It's not clear how big the bulge is as well as what it might mean for future eruptions.
Between 20 and 30 earthquakes have been picked up beneath the ice cap since Monday, at between one and 15 miles deep. This increased seismicity "suggests that new material is intruding from deep below Eyjafjallajökull and latest GPS-observations suggest inflation," reads a recent report.
The eruption plume reached eight miles high at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Iceland time. A Boeing 757 flying nearby observed a black plume at 421,000 feet up heading towards the southeast.
The villages of Sólheimaheiði, Hjörleifshöfði and Álftaver up to 45 miles away experienced ash and debris falls. People living on farms south of the volcano were troubled during the night by loud noises from the volcano, and there were reports that people heard them up to 125 miles away to the west and northwest.
There was less meltwater coming off of the Gígjökull glacier outlet into the Markarfljót river.
An Icelandic Coast Guard flight reported that the volcano's crater continues build up. The lava tongue flowing down the side of the crater is about 650 feet wide. The lava channels that join at the tongue are about 100 to 200 feet wide and getting wider every day.
By Elizabeth Weise