Iceland volcano quiet, at least for now

The Icelandic volcano that caused an ash cloud to envelop much of Europe and close major air cargo and passenger hubs for days at a time, wreaking havoc with air travel appears to have become dormant, but experts have warned it’s still too earlyto be conclusive. There have been no reports of ashfall; no lightning […]


The Icelandic volcano that caused an ash cloud to envelop much of Europe and close major air cargo and passenger hubs for days at a time, wreaking havoc with air travel appears to have become dormant, but experts have warned it’s still too earlyto be conclusive.

There have been no reports of ashfall; no lightning strikes have been detected and no noises reported, Iceland’s meteorology department said on 24 May.

“Today, the eruption seems to be dormant. There is still a considerable amount of steam coming from the crater, but no ash can be seen in it,” it said in a statement.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted on 14 April causing a plume of ash to spread across much of Europe, closing airspace sporadically due to fears the sediment in the plume could cause engine failure in aircraft.