Sunday, 22 May 2011

Iceland Volcano Errupts

The image above is of the volcano Grimsvotn errupting in 2004.

"PARIS — Iceland’s most active volcano began erupting over the weekend, sending billows of ash up to 11 miles into the air on Sunday, and prompting the island nation to close its main international airport to commercial air traffic as a precaution, aviation officials said.

Grimsvötn, a volcano of 1,725 meters, is located beneath an uninhabited icecap, Vatnajokull, in southeast Iceland.

Grimsvötn is one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, with at least 60 eruptions over the past 800 years. Past eruptions, most recently in 1983 and 1998, have been relatively small, however, and have not posed a direct threat to the population."

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