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  Volcano blows its top in Iceland
Updated 03 November 2004, 15.24
Previous eruption in Iceland - from 1998
Previous eruption in Iceland - from 1998

A volcano in a remote part of Iceland has erupted, spewing plumes of smoke more than eight miles into the sky.

Pilots have been advised to keep away from the area around Grimsvotn mountain in eastern Iceland to avoid flying through gasses caused by the blast.

It's thought the eruption was caused by a lake under a glacier getting bigger.

Grimsvotn last erupted six years ago. It also erupted in 1995 and 1993. No-one was hurt in the latest blast.

Hardly any people live in the area, so there was no need for evacuations.

Damage

In the 18th Century, there were loads of volcanic eruptions in Iceland which damaged a quarter of the countryside and blocked out the sun's light for several years.

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