An Icelandic volcano that caused air traffic chaos after erupting last month has gone dormant, but it is too early to declare the eruption over, an official in Iceland restated Wednesday.
Airlines across Europe had stopped flying for days after the volcano under the Eyjafjallajakull glacier erupted in mid-April, spewing high levels of ash. Ash particles can cause serious damage if absorbed into airplane engines.
"We're hoping it has settled down for a good while but it's still rumbling", stated Icelandic meteorological office geographer Sigthrudur Armannsdottir. "It's probably true that pressure is once again building up."
The volcano caused most problems when it first erupted as hot magma surged up to the surface and melted the ice off the glacier, causing monstrous ash clouds to shoot up into the sky.
"Experience from the last eruption in 1821-1823 showed that the volcano can start up again", Armannsdottir said. "The second of the two didn't explode earlier this year but if it goes, it is much larger than the one in April."
Her assistant then told reporters: "What is worse, is that, between Jesse James, Tiger Woods and John Edwards, there are few virgins to sacrifice should they blow anytime soon, if you'll excuse the pun."