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Violent Volcanic Eruption on Eyjafjalla Glacier

April 16, 2010
Today, British civil aviation authorities ordered the country’s airspace closed as of noon, due to a cloud of ash drifting from the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. The volcano has erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters. The volcanic ash has forced the cancellation of many flights and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe, stranding thousands of passengers. Collected here are photos of the most recent eruption, and of last month’s eruptions, which were from the same volcano, just several miles further east.

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Smoke billows from an erupting volcano which seems to be close to the top of the Eyjafjalla glacier on April 14, 2010 near Reykjavik.

The volcanic eruption on Wednesday partially melted a glacier

Flooding caused by a volcanic eruption at Eyjafjalla Glacier in southern Iceland April 14, 2010

flood water following the melting of the Eyjafjalla glacier

smoke and steam are seen rising from the volcano under the Eyjafjalla glacier

March 24, 2010, by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite

March 27, 2010 shows lava spurting out of the site of a volcanic eruption

Tourists gather to watch lava

Lava spews out of a mountain

Smoke and steam hang over the volcano

Steam and hot gases rise above lava flowing from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

image made available by NEODASS/University of Dundee shows the volcanic ash plume from Iceland

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