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Volcano in Iceland continues to spew ash cloud

The volcano under Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland shot again a huge cloud of smoke and ash Saturday. Compared with previous days, the volcano shows little sign of slowing.

This was reported by the meteorological service in Iceland. The volcano began erupting on Wednesday for the second time in a month from below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, hurling a plume of ash 4 to 7 miles into the atmosphere.

Officials said it was still spewing magma and although the eruption could abate in the coming days, ash would continue drifting into the skies of Europe.

Iceland’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said there was some damage to roads and barriers protecting farms.

“There is still an evacuation of around 20 farms, which is 40 to 50 people,” she said, noting this was less than the 800 people who had been evacuated earlier this week.

Volcanic ash contains tiny particles of glass and pulverized rock that can damage jet engines and airframes.

Virtually all of Europe’s major airports remain closed as a huge plume of volcanic ash drifts south across the continent from Iceland. Millions of air travellers are stranded across Europe after some 16,000 flights were cancelled on Friday.

The erupting volcano in Iceland that has thrown an ash cloud over Europe shows no sign of dissipating. And next to it is a dormant volcano that scientists say is due for another eruption.

View a live feed of the volcano.

Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video