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Last Updated: Thursday March 25 2010 16:09 GMT

Huge volcano eruption in Iceland

Volcano erupts in iceland

Lava spews from Icelandic volcano

More than 500 people had to leave their homes in Iceland following the eruption of a volcano there.

The Eyjafjallajoekull volcano started shooting ash and molten lava high into the air and onto a nearby glacier after being dormant for 200 years.

Scientists studying the eruption are worried the explosion could trigger a much bigger volcano to erupt close by.

They were also worried about flooding, as the lava melted the ice of the glacier, but that was avoided.

People living nearby have since been allowed back into their homes.

The last volcanic eruption in the Eyjafjallajoekull area happened more than 100 years ago, in 1821.