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‘Cloud could last years’

world Updated: Apr 16, 2010 00:01 IST

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The Icelandic volcano eruption could last “a long time,” experts said.

“It is very variable how long these eruptions last. Anywhere from a few days to over a year,” Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, a professor of geophysicssaid. “Judging from the intensity of this one, it could last a long time,” he added.

Thorsteinn Jonsson of the Iceland Meteorological Office said one eruption about 100 years ago lasted for a whole year and the latest one could be the same, while adding: “It could also stop in two or three weeks.”

Between 700 and 800 people were evacuated from their homes in the remote area 125 kilometres east of Reykjavik, as melted glacier water caused severe flooding.