Photos: Volcano Erupts in Iceland

Airport is shut down after ash plume rises 11 miles high

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Iceland's most active volcano, the Grimsvötn volcano, began erupting over the weekend, sending ash 11 miles up in the air, the New York Times reports. Iceland has shut down its Reykjavík-Keflavik International Airport in response.

Fortunately, meteorologists are predicting the wind will blow the ash west, unlike when Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in April 2010, and disrupted air traffic in Northern Europe for weeks.

A spokeswoman told Guardian that while the ash plume was covering Iceland, "the good news is that it is not heading to Europe."

Grimsvötn, a volcano of 1,725 meters, is located beneath an uninhabited icecap, Vatnajokull, in southeast Iceland. It has had at least 60 eruptions over the past 800 years, though no recent eruptions have posed a threat to the population, according to the Times.

Iceland is one of the world's most volcanically active countries, according to Guardian, and eruptions are fairly frequent. Grimsvotn volcano most recently erupted in 1998, 1996, and 1993, with eruptions lasting between a day and several weeks.

Video of the eruption from the Telegraph is below.

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