Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 05/22/2011

Grimsvotn volcano eruption closes Iceland’s airports

An image released by NASA shows smoke billowing from the Grimsvotn, Iceland's most active volcano. (HO - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
A plume of ash 12 miles high from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano closed Iceland’s main international airport and canceled all domestic flights Sunday.

PHOTOS: More images from Grimsvotn’s eruption

PHOTOS: Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption from 2010

This event is larger than last year’s Eyjafjallajokull eruption which caused havoc for travelers across the globe. Scientists, however, do not think this eruption will cause as many hassles.

Full report from the Associated Press.

Iceland's most active volcano has started erupting, scientists said Saturday -- just over a year after another eruption on the North Atlantic island shut down European air traffic for days. (Halldora Kristen Unnarsdottir - AP)
The difference? The courseness of the ash being ejected. The material from Grimsvotn is courser than what came from Eyjafjallajokull last year. Rather than floating, it is falling to earth much more quickly.

The edge of the ash fallout zone in Reykjavik, Iceland. (INGOLFUR JULIUSSON - REUTERS)
There is no immediate word whether the eruption would alter the path of Air Force One as President Obama heads to Europe.

By Trey Johnson  |  04:12 PM ET, 05/22/2011

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