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Iceland`s Grimsvoetn volcano eruption over: Geologist

Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 23:45

Reykjavik: The eruption of Iceland`s
Grimsvoetn volcano is considered over as there has not been
activity there for days, a geologist at Iceland`s
Meteorological Office said on Monday.

"We can`t see any signs of anything but that the
eruption is over. There has been no activity on our equipment
since Saturday morning at 7:00 am," Steinunn Jakobsdottir said.

Iceland`s most active volcano, located at the heart of
its biggest glacier, Vatnajoekull, began erupting on May 21,
spewing a column of smoke and ash as high as 20 kilometres
into the air.

But the plume quickly declined and by last Wednesday
had all but stopped emitting ash.

The eruption raised fears of a repeat of the air
travel chaos caused by a blast at the nearby Eyjafjoell
volcano, which led to the world`s biggest airspace shutdown
since World War II, affecting more than 100,000 flights and
eight million passengers.

In the end, however, the number of flights grounded
due to ash from Grimsvoetn could be counted in the hundreds.


First Published: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 23:45

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