As tons of ash continued to billow from the mountain, the world’s media went into a frenzy, covering many aspects of the eruption. Journalists, photographers and video crews converged on Iceland from everywhere to record their view of this historical event. There was some comic relief (at least for Icelanders) in how journalists mis-pronounced the volcano’s name.

Although some reported that thousands of travelers had their travel plans disrupted, others described how locals in the area struggled with the primal need to simply breathe fresh air and cope with the reality of evacuating, just when their sheep were beginning crucial lambing season and their new crops were sprouting.

From the earliest hours of the eruption, through the recovery period afterwards, the media reported how both Icelanders and others coped with the challenge.  This was a story of compelling human spirit responding to incredible natural forces.


Just as the impact of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption was worldwide, so was the media coverage.
Visit these links to learn some of the reaction to the eruption. Maybe your local paper is here!
  1. Time Magazine - The Top 10 Everything of 2010, 4th place Photo taken by Ólafur Eggertsson, Þorvaldseyri
  2. Politiken in Denmark - Askekaos skal være islandsk turistmagnet
  3. New York Times - Volcanic Ash Forces Flight Cancellations in Europe


Not surprisingly, the worldwide web was an integral part of media coverage of the eruption. Many
websites featured stories about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption and it became a popular subject of
bloggers and those using social media, like Facebook and Twitter.  Here is just a sample of international websites that featured the eruption.
  1. - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Tourism Center to Open In Iceland
  2. - Eyjafjallajökull, 2010 eruption of the year video play button to the right of the photo
  3. - Iceland Erupts!

TV & radio from around the world

Television and radio coverage of the eruption was massive, with crews and correspondents sending
reports to all corners of the globe. Rarely has an apolitical, non-military event, without loss of life, so
dominated the world’s electronic media. Here are samples of TV and Radio coverage.
  1. CNN - Iceland's volcano a mouthful to say
  2. NDTV - Continuing the Iceland adventure
  3. sveriges radio - Turism i Eyjafjallajökulls ask-spår