Grímsvotn volcano paused

29 May - Latest information received from the Icelandic Meteorological Office indicate that the volcanic activity in Iceland has paused.

As a result of this lower activity, UK airspace is not expected to be affected by any further ash cloud and the Met Office will no longer issue Volcanic Ash Guidance from the VAAC.

Volcanologists and Geologists term this quieter spell of volcanic activity as a "paused" phase. However, it is typical for a volcano like this to have several "pauses" as part of its overall eruption phase. Only when the volcano has been "paused" for three months will it then be regarded as being dormant.

Although no ash cloud is being emitted at the moment, while any volcanic activity continues the Met Office will continue to monitor the situation.

Last updated: 29 May 2011