An Iceland volcano, Icleland’s most active, Grímsvötn, has started erupting. A large ash cloud can be seen rising form the volcano, which last erupted in 2004. Ash and smoke have been billowing 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the sky.
This eruption comes just over a year after another Iceland volcano erupted. You will remember that back then, Eyjafjallajökull shut down European air traffic for almost a month. That was the biggest shutdown since World War II.
It has been reported that on Sunday Iceland’s main airport was shutting down and most of the country’s airspace was closing because of the ash cloud. Authorities in Britain and Scandinavia are said to be monitoring the situation closely.
This new eruption is actually bigger than the Iceland volcano eruption a year ago that caused international travel chaos, but scientists have said it is unlikely to have the same widespread impact. The level of disruption will depend on factors such as how long the eruption lasts, how high ash rises into the atmosphere, and which way the wind blows.
Grímsvötn has erupted many times, including in 1922, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1945, 1954, 1983, 1998 and 2004. Most of the eruptions lasted one to three weeks.
The embedded video shows the erupting Iceland volcano from a commercial airline flight.