Iceland Volcano Activity Increases

LONDON -- A geologist says activity has increased at an erupting Icelandic volcano, causing an ash plume to rise some 8.5 kilometers (5.3 miles) into the air.

Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson of the University of Iceland says winds have cleared visibility for scientists and Saturday will be the first day they can fly above the volcano to assess the activity.

Once scientists determine how much ice has melted, it will be easier to say how long the eruption could last.

An ash plume that has disrupted travel across Europe has been caused by hot magma being cooled quickly by the melting ice cap.

Gudmundsson says as long as there is enough ice, more plumes could form -- causing even more travel disruption.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 17, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Sherry, the EPA, I am sure has a fine for the disturbance to the atomosphere and the over polution of the environment. This erruption is not authorized by Obama. I think they should arrest this thing and put it in jail, fine it, imprison it, and let Al Gore to attack it. I am sure he has some words to say. Is Al in prison yet? I guess with his lies, someone would have done that by now.
  • by sherry Location: charlotte on Apr 17, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    Tonight at 11:00 Al Gore calls for Iceland to pay UN carbon credits.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    Get that name..."Magnus"...is that funny or what?
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