Even though the Grímsvötn volcano is very active the eruptions are usually rather limited in scope. The eruptions are usually rather short, from one to three weeks in duration. Most of the time the eruptions are followed by floods which sometimes cause damage in roads and bridges. The area affected is sparsely populated and there is no report of any human casualties in recent times.
The eruptions have had almost no effect on air travel. Airplanes do of course have to avoid the surrounding area, but the circle has been very limited in previous eruptions.
The volcanic cloud has now dispersed according to Jón Eyjólfur Jónsson, physician in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a village to the south west of the eruption. The smoke reached 20 thousand feet at 9 PM according to a pilot on an Icelandic Airlines plane between Reykjvík and Akureyri.
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