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Iceland Volcano Sends New Tremors, Lower Ash Cloud

64.2N 18.8W

April 19th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Ash plume, Iceland - April 19th, 2010

Ash plume, Iceland - April 19th, 2010

This aerial photo shows the Eyjafjallajokull volcano billowing smoke and ash on April 17, 2010.

Eyjafjallajökull volcano

The erupting volcano in Iceland sent new tremors on Monday, but the ash plume which has caused air traffic chaos across Europe has dropped to a height of about 2 km (1.2 miles), the Meteorological Office said.

Visibility near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier was almost nil as falling ash saturated the air and covered agricultural fields with a thin layer of dust which could be dangerous to animals if eaten, local media quoted the police as saying.

There was a risk, however, that molten rock could create new pathways for water to run into the crater, causing more explosions and a higher level of ash production.

The ash plume, which has cost airlines millions of dollars per day in lost revenue, had descended to a lower altitude as strong winds continued to push the cloud southward.

The ash plume is very low. It’s not much higher than 2 kilometers. The column of ash rising from the volcano was as high as 11 km when it started erupting earlier last week.

Air traffic over Europe remained severely disrupted on Monday.

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