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Volcano Erupts in Iceland

Future National Spelling Bee champs take note. Hundreds in Iceland were evacuated from the area around Eyjafjallajokull, a volcano that erupted just before midnight Saturday. The volcano spewed molten rock and ash into the sky, and a state of emergency was called as scientists feared the eruption could cause one in the bigger volcano nearby, Katla. TV cameras captured lava oozing along the fissure. The 400 evacuated villagers had to leave their animals behind. Floods were avoided because the eruption didn’t happen below the huge glacier that bears the same name. A geologist called it the best possible place for an eruption.