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Scientists suggest fear over more potential ash clouds
7 Jul 2011

A geophysicist has warned that yet another volcanic ash cloud could be on its way as a volcano in Iceland is at risk of erupting.

Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, has warned that the volcano has been showing 'unusual' activity recently.

He said: 'The movements around Hekla have been unusual in the last two to three days [and it is] ready to erupt.'

Mr Einarsson said that while the movement may not indicate an immediate risk of an eruption, the magma build up has caused the mountain to expand over the last couple of years.

Ari Trausit Gudmundsson, also a geophysicist, confirmed that the movement around the volcano was unlike anything before.

In April 2010, following the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, Thisisjersey.com estimated that the resulting ash cloud had cost Jersey £1.2 m as 4,000 visitors were unable to reach the island.

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