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by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Internet.
Photo: Gawker

The most active volcano in Iceland has begun erupting, causing a series of small earthquakes and causing a no fly zone to be designated 220km in all directions around the eruption.

The last time this volcano erupted was in 2004, and didn’t cause much ‘air travel chaos’ unlike the rare 2010 eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull (have fun with that) volcano, which shut down European air traffic for days.

Fortunately, the coarse texture of the ash causes it to fall to the ground faster, rather than letting it linger in the air to block visibility. Since this area is prone to volcanic eruptions the Coast Guard, as well as the population, is fully aware and on alert in case evacuations need to be executed.

So far, however, the eruption doesn’t seem to be causing any real problems — but it does look super cool!

Check out the video below!

Volcanic Eruption in Grimsvotn, Iceland May 21 2011 from Jon Gustafsson on Vimeo.