Land of fire and ice

The Eyjafjallajokull eruption has diverted the international media’s attention from the long-awaited publication of the report into the collapse of the Icelandic banking system, writes Robert Jackson in Reykjavik

24th April, 2010

When the tongue-twisting Eyjafjallajokull erupted four weeks ago and then again on April 14, Iceland once more found itself in the headlines.

The volcano that resides under hundreds of metres of compacted snow and ice exploded, shooting smoke, steam and ash 18,000 feet - six kilometres - into the atmosphere. A combination of the jet stream and northerly winds directed the virulent concoction south-eastwards, resulting in a week-long closure of European airspace.

The widespread disruption dislocated hundreds...

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