Volcano Stops Spewing Ash, Screwing With Flights

Just steam being released now, as eruption tapers off

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 24, 2010 5:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – We may have seen the last of the black smoke. Scientists say eruption activity is now minimal at Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland's least popular, or pronounceable, volcano, meaning it should stop hurling ash into the sky. “The eruption seems to be dormant,” one report read, “There is still a considerable amount of steam coming from the crater, but no ash can be seen in it.”

“ What I can confirm is that the activity of the crater has stopped,” another vulcanologist told the Guardian . “No magma is coming up.” But don't break out the champagne just yet, an official at Iceland's Civil Protection Agency warns: “We can only wait and see. It's too early to say this is over.”

In this aerial image from video made Tuesday  May 11 2010 a column of fire, smoke and ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano.
In this aerial image from video made Tuesday May 11 2010 a column of fire, smoke and ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano.   (AP Photo/RUV, via APTN)
In this aerial image from video made Saturday May 8 2010  a renewed column of ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano.
In this aerial image from video made Saturday May 8 2010 a renewed column of ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano.   (AP Photo/ APTN)
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