Pics: Iceland's most active volcano Grimsvotn erupts

World | IBNLive | May 23, 2011, 2:18 pm
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 Smoke rise from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. Ash from a massive plume of smoke from an eruption of Iceland's most active volcano could spread south to parts of Europe next week, but experts still hoped the impact on air travel would be limited. The eruption at Grimsvotn has so far hit only Iceland, which closed its international airspace. A thick cloud of ash blocked out the daylight at towns and villages at the foot of the glacier where the volcano lies and covered cars and buildings. Picture taken May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Gustafsson/Helicopter.is
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Smoke rise from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. Ash from a massive plume of smoke from an eruption of Iceland's most active volcano could spread south to parts of Europe next week, but experts still hoped the impact on air travel would be limited. The eruption at Grimsvotn has so far hit only Iceland, which closed its international airspace. A thick cloud of ash blocked out the daylight at towns and villages at the foot of the glacier where the volcano lies and covered cars and buildings. Picture taken May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Gustafsson/Helicopter.is

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 Icelandic Photographer Robert Reynisson covers the volcano eruption at the edge of the ash fallout zone in Reykjavik May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson
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Icelandic Photographer Robert Reynisson covers the volcano eruption at the edge of the ash fallout zone in Reykjavik May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

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 In this photo taken on May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier, about 120 miles, east of the capital, Rejkjavik, which began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004. (AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson)
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In this photo taken on May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier, about 120 miles, east of the capital, Rejkjavik, which began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004. (AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson)

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 In this photo taken on Saturday, May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier, about 120 miles, (200 kilometers) east of the capital, Rejkjavik, which began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004.
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In this photo taken on Saturday, May 21, 2011, smoke plumes from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier, about 120 miles, (200 kilometers) east of the capital, Rejkjavik, which began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004.

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 Smoke rises from the Grimsvotn volcano, Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland's most active volcano has started erupting, scientists said Saturday _ just over a year after another eruption on the North Atlantic island shut down European air traffic for days. Iceland's Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption had begun at the Grimsvotn volcano, accompanied by a series of small earthquakes. (AP Photo/Halldora Kristin Unnarsdottir)
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Smoke rises from the Grimsvotn volcano, Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland's most active volcano has started erupting, scientists said Saturday _ just over a year after another eruption on the North Atlantic island shut down European air traffic for days. Iceland's Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption had begun at the Grimsvotn volcano, accompanied by a series of small earthquakes. (AP Photo/Halldora Kristin Unnarsdottir)

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 A sheep is seen at a farm during the ash fallout in Mulakot May 22, 2011 . Ash from a massive plume of smoke from an eruption of Iceland's most active volcano could spread south to parts of Europe next week, but experts on Sunday still hoped the impact on air travel would be limited. The eruption at Grimsvotn has so far hit only Iceland, which closed its international airspace. A thick cloud of ash blocked out the daylight at towns and villages at the foot of the glacier where the volcano lies and covered cars and buildings. REUTERS/ Ingolfur Juliusson
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A sheep is seen at a farm during the ash fallout in Mulakot May 22, 2011 . Ash from a massive plume of smoke from an eruption of Iceland's most active volcano could spread south to parts of Europe next week, but experts on Sunday still hoped the impact on air travel would be limited. The eruption at Grimsvotn has so far hit only Iceland, which closed its international airspace. A thick cloud of ash blocked out the daylight at towns and villages at the foot of the glacier where the volcano lies and covered cars and buildings. REUTERS/ Ingolfur Juliusson

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 A farmer's son prepares to herd the farm's sheep indoors to shelter from the ash fallout in Mulakot May 22, 2011. REUTERS/ Ingolfur Juliusson
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A farmer's son prepares to herd the farm's sheep indoors to shelter from the ash fallout in Mulakot May 22, 2011. REUTERS/ Ingolfur Juliusson

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 In this image taken from amateur video, smoke from the Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland is seen from a plane Saturday, May 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Amateur video via APTN)
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In this image taken from amateur video, smoke from the Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland is seen from a plane Saturday, May 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Amateur video via APTN)

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 A Swiss tourist stands on highway one, just outside the ash fallout zone in Reykjavik May 22, 2011. Iceland's most active volcano erupted on Saturday, hurling a plume of ash and smoke far into the sky, which aviation officials were closely monitoring after another volcano shut European airspace for days last year. Authorities banned flights close to the Grimsvotn volcano but an official said the eruption was not expected to affect European airline traffic at least for the next 24 hours. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson
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A Swiss tourist stands on highway one, just outside the ash fallout zone in Reykjavik May 22, 2011. Iceland's most active volcano erupted on Saturday, hurling a plume of ash and smoke far into the sky, which aviation officials were closely monitoring after another volcano shut European airspace for days last year. Authorities banned flights close to the Grimsvotn volcano but an official said the eruption was not expected to affect European airline traffic at least for the next 24 hours. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

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 An ash sample awaits examination at the command centre in Kirkjubaejarklaustur May 22, 2011 as authorities prepare to deal with the effects of a volcano eruption. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson
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An ash sample awaits examination at the command centre in Kirkjubaejarklaustur May 22, 2011 as authorities prepare to deal with the effects of a volcano eruption. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

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