Volcano Stops Spewing Ash, Screwing With Flights

Just steam being released now, as eruption tapers off
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2010 5:50 AM CDT
Volcano Stops Spewing Ash, Screwing With Flights
In this aerial image from video made Tuesday May 11 2010 a column of fire, smoke and ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano.   (AP Photo/RUV, via APTN)

We may have seen the last of the black smoke. Scientists say eruption activity is now minimal at Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland's least popular, or pronounceable, volcano, meaning it should stop hurling ash into the sky. “The eruption seems to be dormant,” one report read, “There is still a considerable amount of steam coming from the crater, but no ash can be seen in it.”

“ What I can confirm is that the activity of the crater has stopped,” another vulcanologist told the Guardian . “No magma is coming up.” But don't break out the champagne just yet, an official at Iceland's Civil Protection Agency warns: “We can only wait and see. It's too early to say this is over.” (Read more volcano stories.)

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