May 22

5/22/2011 — MASSIVE eruption at Iceland Volcano Grimsvotn — watch in HD

This is an airplane shot of the large eruption in Iceland yesterday afternoon. The volcano, Grimsvotn, projected a very large plume of ash high into the atmosphere, and was captured in HD by this Icelander.

movie is free for download over at the Icelandic public television website:

Keflavik airport closed after Grimsvotn volcano erupts, but ash plume not expected to cause widespread travel disruption

Ash rises from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Photograph: Halldora Kristen Unnarsdottir/AP

Iceland has closed its main international airport after a volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.

The airport and air traffic control operator Isavia said no flights were taking off or landing at Keflavik airport.

A spokeswoman said the ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano was covering Iceland, but “the good news is that it is not heading to Europe”. She said it was blowing north-west toward Greenland instead.

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