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Volcanic tremors continue to rock Iceland

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Volcanic tremors continue to rock Iceland

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Iceland’s erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano has today sent further strong tremors through the surrounding countryside.

The ash plume which has turned much of Europe into a no-fly zone has descended to an altitude of about two kilometres – down from a height of 11 kilometres when it began erupting earlier last week.

Ash production has fallen and scientists are preparing to fly over the volcano’s crater to search for lava which they say, could suggest the eruption was moving into a less explosive phase.

But, all the signs point to more delays and diversions in store for Europe. Wind speeds at the level of the ash plume are expected to carry on steering it southwards.

US-based weather forecasters say the cloud is likely to shift even further south on Tuesday and Wednesday putting Germany and the Netherlands at greater risk.