Volcano erupts in Iceland, air disruption unlikely

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Posted: May 21, 2011 4:58 PM

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A volcano began to erupt under Iceland's biggest glacier Saturday, but a geologist said he did not think it would cause the same disruption to air traffic as one that exploded in a different area last year.

The Grimsvotn volcano, under a massive glacier in southeast Iceland, has thrown a plume of white smoke about 15 km (9 miles) into the air, Met Office geologist Hjorleifur Sveinbjornsson told Reuters. He said Grimsvotn last exploded in 2004.

"It can be a big eruption, but it is unlikely to be like last year," he added, referring to the eruption early last year under another glacier which caused air traffic chaos after spewing dark ash into the air.

(Reporting by Patrick Lannin; Editing by Jon Hemming)