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Incredible Drone Footage Captures Iceland Volcano Eruption

Filmmaker says drone did not even appear damaged by its adventure

(Newser) - "Whoa" is really the only word to describe the footage captured by a drone of a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Fagradalsfjall erupted over the weekend for the first time in more than 800 years, CNET reports. Filmmaker Bjorn Steinbekk sent the drone over the 1,263-foot volcano, Newsweek reports....

Long-Dormant Volcano Erupts in Iceland

It is not expected to interrupt air travel

(Newser) - The eruption of a long-dormant volcano that sent streams of lava flowing across a small valley in southwestern Iceland is easing and shouldn’t interfere with air travel, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Saturday. The fissure eruption began at around 8:45pm Friday in the Geldinga Valley 20 miles southwest...

After More Than 40K Tiny Quakes, an Eruption

Volcano on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula finally blew on Friday night

(Newser) - They knew it was coming. For weeks, residents in Iceland have been feeling the ground tremble as the island nation was pummeled by tens of thousands of tiny earthquakes , a phenomenon that scientists warned appeared to be a precursor to a volcanic eruption. On Friday night, that eruption took place...

After 17K Earthquakes, Iceland Expects Eruption

'It makes you feel very small and powerless against nature,' Reykjavik resident says

(Newser) - Small earthquakes are nothing new or surprising for Icelanders—but 17,000 of them in a week is enough to rattle them. Scientists say the swarm of quakes suggests Mount Keiler, 20 miles away from Reykjavik, could be about to erupt for the first time since the 12th century, the...

Few Vacationed in Iceland. Then Things Went 'Bonkers'

Island's population is 332K; the country has seen 1.6M tourists so far this year

(Newser) - Iceland is hot, and no, this isn't a story about global warming. Since the tiny island country in the northern Atlantic began keeping tabs in 1949, the number of visiting tourists has climbed from roughly 5,000 people a year to, in 2010, more than 500,000. Then, in...

Pair of Quakes Rattle Iceland Volcano

Aviation alert issued after 5.1, 5.3 earthquakes

(Newser) - Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude—the biggest yet—shook Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano today after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent. Iceland's Meteorological Office recorded earthquakes of 5.3 and 5.1 in the early hours. It said...

Iceland Raises Volcano Alert to Highest Level

Bardarbunga eruption begins, but it's all underground for now

(Newser) - It looks like Bardarbunga is getting ready to pop. That would be the Iceland volcano rumbling of late and threatening to disrupt air travel in the manner of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 . Iceland officials say a "subglacial eruption" is now underway, reports AP , which quotes a volcano expert who says...

Iceland Volcano May Threaten Flights

Bardarbunga threat level raised to orange

(Newser) - Four years after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano seriously disrupted aviation , another tongue-twister may be set to blow. Iceland's meteorological office says the area around the Bardarbunga volcano has experienced its strongest earthquake since 1996 and there is a chance the "current activity will result in an explosive subglacial...

Another Big Iceland Volcano May Blow

Katla would make last year's eruption look 'small'

(Newser) - Another Icelandic volcano has begun to grumble—and if it erupts, it could make last year's ash cloud look like a joke, experts say. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul was "small," according to a scientist; it didn't seem that way to the airlines that lost $2...

Cops Thwart Firebomb Attack on Berlin Station

Leftists demand end to Afghan war, call for Bradley Manning release

(Newser) - Police thwarted a firebomb attack on Berlin's central train station yesterday after a worker discovered several incendiary devices hooked up to detonators. The planned attack was claimed by a leftist group protesting Germany's involvement in the Afghan war and demanding the release of suspected WikiLeaks source US Private...

New Iceland Volcano Shows Signs of Activity

Hekla erupts every decade or so, and she's overdue

(Newser) - Scientists are monitoring unusual underground activity that could signal an eruption at the Hekla volcano in southern Iceland. Magma appears to be moving deep beneath the volcano, and while that doesn't necessarily mean an eruption is imminent, scientists expect Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, to erupt...

Volcanic Ash Shuts German Airports

But flights expected to resume soon

(Newser) - European air travelers are facing another day of uncertainty because of Iceland's erupting Grimsvotn volcano. Germany is closing its northern airspace today because of volcanic ash, shutting down airports including those in Berlin and Hamburg, the BBC reports. Scottish, Irish, and Scandinavian airspace has also been affected, but officials...

Volcano Could Cancel Up to 500 Flights

But officials say this won't be as bad as last year's eruption

(Newser) - The volcanic ash cloud drifting from Iceland toward Europe has already caused more than 250 flights to be canceled, and that number could rise to 500, according to the European air traffic agency. Clouds have already affected Iceland and Scotland and could reach northern Europe within 48 hours, the Wall ...

Icelandic Ash Nears UK Airspace

Nervous officials monitoring cranky volcano

(Newser) - Volcanic ash from a spewing Icelandic volcano is drifting toward UK airspace, threatening a possible repeat of last year's travel debacle. Iceland grounded all flights at its main Keflavik airport yesterday after the Grimsvotn volcano shot steam and ash 12 miles into the air. The ash is expected to...

New Volcano Eruption Closes Iceland Airport

But Grimsvotn should not disrupt air travel, scientists say

(Newser) - More than a year after an Iceland volcano spewed ash high into the atmosphere, wreaking havoc on European air travel, another volcano has erupted in the small, island nation, reports the AP . The Grimsvotn volcano—Iceland's most active, with 13 eruptions in the last century—began erupting yesterday just...

What the World Watched as 2010 Unfolded

Snooki to Spillcam, here's what we gawked at

(Newser) - We stared in horror as oil gushed unchecked from BP's ruptured well for months, we might have raised a beer as Steven Slater took his epic slide down a JetBlue ramp, and we feverishly refreshed Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg took Time's Person of the Year Honors. but mostly, writes Ted...

Booze, Volcano Delays Helped McChrystal Reporter

General, crew 'let loose' on bus trip

(Newser) - Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings got unprecedented access to Stanley McChrystal with a little help from our old buddy Eyjafjallajökull. Hastings was supposed to meet McChrystal for two days in Paris and two days in Afghanistan. But thanks to the volcano, Hastings and McChrystal were “stuck” in Paris...

Volcano Stops Spewing Ash, Screwing With Flights

Just steam being released now, as eruption tapers off

(Newser) - 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...

Hate That Volcano? This Might Change Your Mind
 Hate That Volcano? This 
 Might Change Your Mind 
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Hate That Volcano? This Might Change Your Mind

Videographer travels to the source for montage

(Newser) - Those flying to and from Europe might think it's a pain, but that pesky Icelandic volcano certainly has its moments. Videographer Sean Stiegemeier traveled there and put together this 2-minute video montage for his Vimeo page . He wanted to improve on the "mediocre" images he'd been seeing. Mission accomplished....

Ash Cloud Reaches Africa
 Ash Cloud Reaches Africa 

Ash Cloud Reaches Africa

Airport closed in Morocco, Spain, Turkey

(Newser) - Drifting ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has closed airports as far away as the Sahara. Authorities in Morocco, which wasn't affected by last month's closures, shut down 10 airports today as an ash cloud moved south. Some Spanish airports were also forced to close and Turkey briefly closed a section...

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