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Five Year Anniversary of ‘Tourist’ Volcano

Today marks exactly five years since the start of the Fimmvörðuháls volcanic eruption.

The eruption began just before midnight on March 20, 2010 and was classified as a small lava eruption to the north of the Fimmvörðuháls route between Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, RÚV reports.

The lava from the eruption crater formed a 200-meter high ‘lavafall’ (a waterfall of molten lava) down into Hrunagil, which was the highest in the world.

The Fimmvörðuháls eruption was small and spectacular and attracted visitors from around the world to experience the harshest force of nature in relative safety. It lasted for 23 days until April 13.

The very next day, on April 14, the much larger Eyjafjallajökull eruption began.

Eyjafjallajökull was a sub-glacial eruption which caused a massive ash cloud that spread across Europe and grounded thousands of flights.

The airline industry claims that so many lessons were learnt from Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, that any similar eruption in the future will not cause as much disruption to travel.

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