Volcano erupts in remote Iceland area

03.11.2004 5.20 am

A volcano erupted in a remote area of Iceland, setting off tremors across the area and prompting officials to warn pilots to avoid flying through gasses being emitted by the blast.

No evacuations were needed in the unpopulated area around Grimsvotn mountain in eastern Iceland, the Meteorological Office said, but observation of any damage was impossible because heavy winds and rains reduced visibility in the area.

The eruption was believed to have been caused by expansion of a lake underneath the Vatnajokull glacier.

“The water is under extreme pressure from the glacier,” said Oli Thor Arnarsson at the Meteorological Office.