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VIDEO: Icelandic volcano erupts

A close-up aerial view of Grimsvoetn erupting.

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The Grimsvoetn volcano erupted in Iceland last week, sending clouds of ash into the atmosphere and grounding planes in the country.

By Tuesday, the cloud had reached Scotland and northern England, forcing the cancellation of a number of flights.

By Wednesday, the cloud had moved to Germany, forcing the cancellation of flights in the north of the country.

By Thursday, the cloud was beginning to break up and was expected to be gone by the weekend.

The disruption was nowhere near on the scale of last year, when another eruption caused Western European airspace to be shut down for several days.

Click here to see a video of the volcano erupting.

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