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Volcanic eruption in Iceland appear to be over: report

05-24-2010 07:24 BJT

OSLO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Icelandic scientists observed signs on Sunday indicating that the 40-day volcanic eruption from under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier may have come to an end.

Volcanic tremor continued to decrease to the level before the eruption on April 14,according to a Status Report issued at 1700 GMT on Sunday by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland.

"The eruption seems to be dormant today," the report said.

A considerable amount of steam was coming from the crater,but with no ash seen in it while the number of tremors remained a bit more than before the eruption. That might be due to the steam, according to the report.

The plume was estimated at 3 km, much lower than the previous weeks and 100 degrees Celsius was the highest temperature recorded on Sunday at the crater, from which no signs of magma extrusion could be seen.

The eruption paralyzed much of the European air traffic in April.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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