Iceland volcano ash blows to north

May 23rd, 2011 - 6:01 am ICT by IANS  

Reykjavik, May 23 (IANS) The ash cloud formed by Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption is blowing to the north, and indicates that it will not get to the European mainland at present, Xinhua reported.

The latest eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano started around 5 p.m. (1700 GMT) Saturday, said the Iceland Review.

The ash that erupted from the volcano this time was coarse and dropped to the ground quicker compared to that from the Eyjafjallajokul volcano last year which was damp due to steam and stayed in the air longer.

Safety authorities have warned people to stay inside and avoid unnecessary travel.

People have been delivered masks and safety glasses by search and rescue teams and advised to wear them if they go out.

The Grimsvotn volcano in the middle of Vatnajokull glacier is the most active volcano in Iceland. Since 1920, eruptions have taken place in 1922, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1945, 1954, 1983, 1998 and 2004. Many of the eruptions lasted up to three weeks.

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