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Iceland volcano: Beautiful images of a natural disaster

By: Catie Leary on April 16, 2010, 12:29 p.m.
Ominous, fluffy clouds

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Ominous, fluffy clouds

The plume of ash from the volcano forced the closure of airspace across Europe, affecting thousands of flights in a wide arc from Ireland to Scandinavia. The shutdown is one of the most sweeping ever ordered in peacetime. The eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajökull area of Iceland is the second in the country in less than a month.