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Watch: Stunning Video of the Grímsvötn Volcano in Iceland


Above, a shot of the Grímsvötn volcanic eruption as seen from the GOES-13 satellite.

Volcanic ash is affecting air travel more than officials thought it might:

Although airports remained open on Tuesday, airlines halted hundreds of flights amid safety concerns at the high density of ash caused by the eruption of the Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland. British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Loganair, Flybe and KLM were among carriers cancelling flights.

However, BMI was still operating out of Edinburgh and Glasgow, saying the ash remained further north than forecast earlier. The airline was constantly reviewing the situation, it said.

Also, below, the most stunning video yet of the eruption.


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Grímsvötn Volcano Erupts In Iceland

Just over a year after the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused massive air traffic disruptions, another one in that country has started spewing ash, resulting in the closure of at least one aiport.

"In an announcement, Isavia, the Icelandic company that operates that nation’s airports, cited airborne ash as the reason for closing Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which serves Reykjavik, the capital. It said a 'danger area has been established for all instrument flying that includes the upper approach airspace' for Keflavik and also the smaller Reykjavik Airport (RKV), which serves domestic flights."

NASA has released impressive satellite images of the eruption:

The volcano, named Grímsvötn, last erupted in 2004 and is not expected to have the same effects as Eyjafjallajökul last year. Video of the new eruption, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch: Japan's Shinmoedake Volcano Erupts Again


Japan's Shinmoedake Volcano, which erupted in January for the first time since 1959, began erupting again yesterday on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. It's not clear whether there is any connection to the earthquakes in northern Japan.

Watch new day and night footage of the eruption, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Japanese Volcano Shinmoedake Eruption


The Kirishima volcano group on Japan's southern island of Kyushu began erupting yesterday for the first time since 1959.

Volcano "Shinmoedake, in the Kirishima range, erupted yesterday, spewing ash as high as 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) into the air, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said in a statement on its website. A second eruption occurred today at about 1 p.m. local time, national broadcaster NHK reported. Ash from the volcano reached Miyazaki city, 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the east, according to the broadcaster."

There is some spectacular footage. In the first video, you can see hot wind and ash taking out trees. In the second, you can see bursts of lightning in the ash cloud.


Here are a couple more incredible shots.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #815

JOHNNY WEIR: His visit to the Howard Stern show.

MT ETNA: Italy's volcano erupted last night.

STOP8: Matt Baume takes apart NOM's Rhode Island ad.

4 TRAIN: Rat wakes up homeless man on the subway.

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Watch: Impressive Explosions At Indonesian Volcano

Here's some cool footage of several recent amazing explosive eruptions at the Anak Krakatau volcano in Indonesia. Sure it looks dangerous and menacing but it's also pretty damn beautiful.


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