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Fears for another volcanic ash cloud over Europe

07/07/2011

Iceland's most feared volcano, Hekla, looks ready to erupt which could result in yet another ash cloud hitting European air space.

The Hekla volcano is situated nearby the Eyjafjoell volcano which caused the world's biggest airspace shutdown last year, affecting more than 100,000 flights and millions of passengers.

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A Geophysicist from the University of Iceland has said that there has been ‘unusual movement' around Hekla, this may not indicate an immediate blast however ‘the volcano is ready to erupt'.

It is not yet clear when the volcano is set to erupt however the mountain has been slowly expanding over the past few years which is thought to be due to magma build up, the mountain is being watched very carefully as eruption fears continue to grow.

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