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Volcano fuels flight fears

world Updated: May 23, 2011 02:25 IST

Just over a year after Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano grounded thousands of flights across Europe another volcano, Grimsvotn, has erupted.

Grimsvotn, Iceland’s most active volcano located at the heart of its biggest glacier Vatnajoekull, began erupting late Saturday, sending a plume of smoke and ash as high as 20 kilometres into the sky.

Although Iceland’s meteorological office says the volcano is more powerful than last year’s blast, it’s effect on air travel is still not clear. Iceland has shut down its main airport and all Trans-Atlantic flights were being diverted away from Iceland.

Ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano could reach Scotland and Britain by Tuesday, France and Spain by Thursday or Friday if the eruption continues, airlines were warned on Sunday.