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Published on Mar 21, 2010
Volcano Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull Iceland, 20-03-2010 - ? The eruption started just before midnight local time Saturday night (20-3-2010), and opened a fissure in the earth one half mile long. Authorities evacuated approximately 500 people in the area as a precaution. "This is a rather small and peaceful eruption but we are concerned that it could trigger an eruption at the nearby Katla volcano, a vicious volcano that could cause both local and global damage," said Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Science. "The volcano has been inflating since the beginning of the year, both rising and swelling. One of the possible scenarios we're looking at is that this small eruption could bring about something bigger". Iceland sits on the mid-Atlantic ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. That boundary splits the island in two and causes a great deal of volcanic activity. The Eyjafjöll volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) is only known to have erupted two times In 1612 and from December 1821 to January 1823. The 5,466 foot (1,666 meter) stratovolcano is considered one of the less active in the nation. The eruption is currently located at a the popular hiking trail Fimmvörðuháls.