Volcano eruption in Iceland could trigger larger eruption

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This weekend, a volcano eruption forced more than 600 people to flee their homes in Iceland.  The Gazette reports that the small eruption could potentially set off greater volcanic activity:

“Historically, we know of three eruptions in (the large volcano) Katla linked to eruptions in Eyjafjallajokull,” Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, a professor of geophysics and civil protection adviser, told AFP, adding however that there so far was no indication of volcanic activity at Katla.

A volcanic eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland forced hundreds to flee their homes early Sunday, but no casualties were reported.

It was the first volcanic eruption in Iceland since 2004, and the first in the vicinity of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier since 1823.