Volcano spewing less ash as lava boils up

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - The volcanic eruption in Iceland is entering a new phase.

The volcano is producing less smoke and ash. But it's bubbling with lava, and it's throwing up chunks of molten rock.

For stranded travelers waiting for the skies to clear, that's good news. But scientists who are monitoring the eruption warn that it's not finished. And they say it may still set off other eruptions at nearby volcanoes.

Geologists were able to see glowing magma today for the first time, but they say it's not flowing down the mountain. One of them says the lava will probably spill over and freeze into rock, forming a cone on the volcano.

The eruption has been particularly explosive because it surged under a thick glacier. The melting ice pouring into the crater helped create plumes of ash that rose as far as 5.5 miles into the air. But the crater ice has mostly melted away.

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