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Another Icelandic Volcano Erupts

May 24, 2011

After a gap of 14 months, another Icelandic volcano has erupted. This time the name of the volcano (Grímsvötn) is less of a tongue twister as compared to last time (Eyjafjallajökull). Grímsvötn has erupted after an inactive period of seven years. On May 21, it started spewing out ashes and steam as high as 20 km above sea level. In the picture you can see ashes covering the snow and turning it brownish in color. Volcanic eruption led to closure of largest airport in Iceland. While initially it was predicted that this time the eruption won’t affect much of the air traffic in Europe, but as of recent updates it appears that air traffic in Ireland and UK will be affected. If you are flying that part of Europe then you might be cursing this untimely volcanic eruption, but for rest of us it gives a great opportunity to enjoy amazing pictures and videos which will be posted in coming days. Here’s one of the first videos of this volcano. Volcanic plumes usually produce lightning and Grímsvötn plume resulted in immense lightning activity, about 1000 times stronger than those produced by Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Enjoy the video! More updates later.

Image credit: NASA EarthObservatory

Video credit: Jon Gustafsson

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