Icelandic volcanoes slumber today, but not forever

Eruptions pepper the North Atlantic island

By Alexandra Witze, 16:16 PM June 19, 2012

SELFOSS, Iceland — For a volcano that once paralyzed most of Europe, Eyjafjallajökull is surprisingly peaceful.

Everyone’s favorite unpronounceable Icelandic volcano grabbed headlines two years ago, when erupting magma hit a glacier and ash exploded into the sky. Nearly everyone has a story about where they were when aviation officials grounded European flights for days, because of the dangers of flying through volcanic ash.

After that eruptive burst, though, Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced A...

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