Ash from Icelandic eruption may just be the start

Volcano often erupts in tandem with much bigger one nearby

By Alexandra Witze, 18:05 PM April 15, 2010

The Icelandic volcano that ramped up activity on April 13 could wreak havoc with European air traffic for some time.

Yet the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (pronounced AY-ya-fyat-la-yo-kult) is not the one most researchers have been keeping a wary eye on. Just a few kilometers to the east of the erupting vent is a much bigger and potentially more dangerous volcano called Katla. In the past, when Eyjafjallajökull erupted, Katla did too. So scientists are closely monitoring Katla to see if it, too,...

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