Icelandic volcano grows quiet

May 24, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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REYKJAVíK, Iceland, May 24 (UPI) -- The Icelandic volcano that disrupted thousands of flights over Europe with its ash plume appears to be dormant, at least temporarily, officials said.

Steam, but no ash, was detected from the Eyjafjallajokul volcano Sunday in a flight over the crater by Icelandic scientists.

Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Met Office, said the volcano had shown signs of reduced activity in recent days, with few earthquakes recorded, the Iceland Review reported Monday.

When the volcano erupted in the early 1920s, however, it went dormant for a while and then erupted again, Gudmundsson warned.

When the volcano erupted in mid-April, it spewed a dense cloud of ash into the atmosphere, disrupting international air travel throughout Europe.

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