Volcanic activity increases steadily in Iceland

A geologist says activity has increased at an erupting Icelandic volcano, causing an ash plume to climb some 8.5 kilometers into the air.

According to Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson of the University of Iceland winds have cleared visibility for scientists and Saturday will be the first day they can fly on top of the volcano to assess the activity.

Once scientists determine how much ice has melted, it’ll be easier to say how long the eruption might last.

An ash plume that has disrupted travel across Europe has been induced by hot magma being cooled rapidly by the melting ice cap.

Gudmundsson says as long as there is enough ice, more plumes may form — causing even more travel disruption.

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