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Volcano spews ash, closes airport.

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 01:34

May 22 - Iceland's most active volcano rained ash over the countryside and prompted officials to close the country's main airport. Deborah Gembara reports.

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May 22 - Visibility is limited along this road near Iceland's most active volcano. Ash from the Grimsvotn volcano is everywhere, even raining down on these sheep. Officials aren't taking any chances. They're urging locals to seek cover and they've closed the country's main airport. While scientists were expecting the eruption, they are surprised by its size. Geophysicist PALL EINARSSON SOUNDBITE: Geophysicist PALL EINARSSON saying (English): "The eruption is quite a bit larger than the latest eruptions, the latest three eruptions in the volcano, and the height of the ash column is quite a bit higher which means the ash will be widely distributed which was not the case with the earlier eruptions. So it still remains to be seen how long the ash is going to persist in the atmosphere and what the long term effect on air traffic will be." Another volcanic erruption in Iceland last year tied up air air travel to Europe for days. Authorities grounded flights over concerns that dust and ash would seep into aircraft engines and cause accidents. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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Volcano spews ash, closes airport.

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 01:34