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Few Vacationed in Iceland. Then Things Went 'Bonkers'

Island's population is 332K; the country has seen 1.6M tourists so far this year

(Newser) - Iceland is hot, and no, this isn't a story about global warming. Since the tiny island country in the northern Atlantic began keeping tabs in 1949, the number of visiting tourists has climbed from roughly 5,000 people a year to, in 2010, more than 500,000. Then, in... More »

Iceland Raises Volcano Alert to Highest Level

Bardarbunga eruption begins, but it's all underground for now

(Newser) - It looks like Bardarbunga is getting ready to pop. That would be the Iceland volcano rumbling of late and threatening to disrupt air travel in the manner of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 . Iceland officials say a "subglacial eruption" is now underway, reports AP , which quotes a volcano expert who says... More »

Iceland Volcano May Threaten Flights

Bardarbunga threat level raised to orange

(Newser) - Four years after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano seriously disrupted aviation , another tongue-twister may be set to blow. Iceland's meteorological office says the area around the Bardarbunga volcano has experienced its strongest earthquake since 1996 and there is a chance the "current activity will result in an explosive subglacial... More »

Another Big Iceland Volcano May Blow

Katla would make last year's eruption look 'small'

(Newser) - Another Icelandic volcano has begun to grumble—and if it erupts, it could make last year's ash cloud look like a joke, experts say. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul was "small," according to a scientist; it didn't seem that way to the airlines that lost $2... More »

New Iceland Volcano Shows Signs of Activity

Hekla erupts every decade or so, and she's overdue

(Newser) - Scientists are monitoring unusual underground activity that could signal an eruption at the Hekla volcano in southern Iceland. Magma appears to be moving deep beneath the volcano, and while that doesn't necessarily mean an eruption is imminent, scientists expect Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, to erupt... More »

Icelandic Ash Nears UK Airspace

Nervous officials monitoring cranky volcano

(Newser) - Volcanic ash from a spewing Icelandic volcano is drifting toward UK airspace, threatening a possible repeat of last year's travel debacle. Iceland grounded all flights at its main Keflavik airport yesterday after the Grimsvotn volcano shot steam and ash 12 miles into the air. The ash is expected to... More »

New Volcano Eruption Closes Iceland Airport

But Grimsvotn should not disrupt air travel, scientists say

(Newser) - More than a year after an Iceland volcano spewed ash high into the atmosphere, wreaking havoc on European air travel, another volcano has erupted in the small, island nation, reports the AP . The Grimsvotn volcano—Iceland's most active, with 13 eruptions in the last century—began erupting yesterday just... More »

King Tut's Chariot Heads to NY

The ash cloud is no match for King's chariot

(Newser) - An ash cloud can't stop King Tut, or his ancient chariot. After being held up by Eyjafjallajokul l (and, really, who wasn't?) the boy king's 3,300-year-old ride is en route to New York, reports ABC News . The chariot, which goes on exhibit next week, may be a key piece... More »

Booze, Volcano Delays Helped McChrystal Reporter

General, crew 'let loose' on bus trip

(Newser) - Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings got unprecedented access to Stanley McChrystal with a little help from our old buddy Eyjafjallajökull. Hastings was supposed to meet McChrystal for two days in Paris and two days in Afghanistan. But thanks to the volcano, Hastings and McChrystal were “stuck” in Paris... More »

Volcano Stops Spewing Ash, Screwing With Flights

Just steam being released now, as eruption tapers off

(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... More »

Ash Cloud Reaches Africa

Airport closed in Morocco, Spain, Turkey

(Newser) - Drifting ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has closed airports as far away as the Sahara. Authorities in Morocco, which wasn't affected by last month's closures, shut down 10 airports today as an ash cloud moved south. Some Spanish airports were also forced to close and Turkey briefly closed a section... More »

Ash Cloud Forces Emergency Landing

Eyjafjallajokull still isn't done screwing with flights

(Newser) - A flight making the short trip from Belfast to London had to turn around and make an emergency landing back in Belfast today, after pilots noticed an “acrid smell” in the cabin that may have been caused by the renewed ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Ryanair wouldn't say... More »

Ash Cloud Cancels Hundreds of Flights

Renewed activity at Icelandic volcano leads to more travel chaos

(Newser) - Hundreds of flights were canceled and delayed today as the reinvigorated ash cloud issuing from an Icelandic volcano spread across parts of Europe and the UK. Three clouds are moving in various directions, closing airports in Scotland, Portugal, Germany, and other countries. The total number of canceled flights since the... More »

Another Ash Cloud Closes UK Airports

'Summer of uncertainty' lies ahead for travelers

(Newser) - Another wave of Icelandic volcanic ash is drifting toward Europe, closing airports for the second time this week in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Authorities believe the airports may reopen later today, but warn that more closures are possible if the clouds drift south, CNN reports. Airport closures at short notice... More »

Airlines Out $1.7B as Germany Reopens Airspace

Crisis even worse than 9/11 for industry

(Newser) - Air controllers lifted all restrictions on German airspace today, as airlines announced they had lost at least $1.7 billion and criticized government actions during the volcanic ash crisis. The head of the International Air Transport Association called the economic fallout from the six-day travel shutdown "devastating" and urged... More »

Volcano Drives Travelers to Video Conferencing

Europe's web traffic soars

(Newser) - Europe's travel industry sites and video conferencing sites have been flooded with visitors in recent days, thanks to would-be travelers stranded by Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Bloomberg reports. One phone company says it's seen demand for audio and video conferencing jump an unheard of 35%, and overall web traffic is... More »

New Ash Cloud Heads Towards UK

Strengthing eruption threatens further travel chaos

(Newser) - The Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed a fresh cloud of ash into the air yesterday, threatening Europe with more travel chaos even as flights began to resume. "The volcanic eruption in Iceland has strengthened and a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK," Britain's National Air... More »

Volcano Keeps Europe Grounded

Flight delays may affect 6 million worldwide

(Newser) - That pesky Icelandic volcano with the incredible name—Eyjafjallajokull—continues to ground Europe. More than half of the continent's 28,000 daily flights have been canceled today and disruptions are predicted for at least 24 hours, the Wall Street Journal reports. Up to 6 million people might end up having... More »

Iceland Volcano Grounds Europe Flights, Shuts Heathrow

Air Space closed as Eyjafjallajökull blows again

(Newser) - Ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Europe today as authorities closed air space over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries. Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded as flights were canceled and it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again, the... More »

800 Icelanders Flee Rumbling Volcano

Experts expect 2nd eruption after quiet 2 centuries

(Newser) - Hundreds of Icelanders have been evacuated amid fears that a volcano that erupted last month is about to blow again. Some 800 residents near the Eyjafjallajokull volcano fled this morning after reports of seismic activity. The volcano erupted March 20 after almost 200 years of silence. Authorities can't see exactly... More »

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