Ash Cloud Still Rather Small

grimsvotn2_psThe eruption began at Grímsvötn volcano at approximately 17:30 UTC, May 21st 2011 according to Icelandic Met Office. The accomanying pictures show the earthquake activity and the size of the ash cloud at 22.00 (10 PM).

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Eruptions in Grímsvötn have Never Disrupted Air Travel

icelandair-flugvel_psEven though the Grímsvötn volcano is very active the eruptions are usually rather limited in scope. The eruptions are usually rather short, from one to three weeks in duration. Most of the time the eruptions are followed by floods which sometimes cause damage in roads and bridges. The area affected is sparsely populated and there is no report of any human casualties in recent times.

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The Eruption is in Iceland’s Most Active Volcano

grimsvotn_mapGrímsvötn volcano in the middle of Vatnajökull glacier is the most active volcano in Iceland. Since 1920 the eruptions have been in 1922, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1945, 1954, 1983, 1998 and 2004. Many of the eruptions have lasted from one to three weeks, the 2004 eruption lasted only four days.

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Imminent Eruption in Grímsvötn in Iceland

grimsvotn-2004eruption-small_psAll signs seem to indicate that an eruption is beginning at Grímsvötn volcano in Vatnajökull glacier. Earthquake meters showed clear “volcanic unrest” around 6 PM on Saturday. “All indications are that an eruption will start in this area”, according to Iceland met geologist Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson, according to mbl.is.

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