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Iceland's Grimsvoetn volcano eruption over: official
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Reykjavik (AFP) May 30, 2011

The eruption of Iceland's Grimsvoetn volcano is considered over as there has been no activity there for more than two days, experts and officials said Monday.

"We can't see any signs of anything but that the eruption is over. There has been no activity on our equipment since Saturday morning at 7:00 am (0700 GMT)," Steinunn Jakobsdottir, a geologist with Iceland's Meteorological Office, told AFP.

Iceland's Department of Civil Protection also announced an end to the eruption.

"The eruption has stopped and we will be removing the precautionary label that had been assigned to Grimsvoetn... There is no longer a danger (preparedness) level," Gudrun Johannesardottir, a department spokeswoman, told AFP.

Iceland's most active volcano, located at the heart of its biggest glacier, Vatnajoekull, began erupting on May 21, spewing a column of smoke and ash as high as 20 kilometres (12 miles) into the air.

But the plume quickly declined and by last Wednesday had all but stopped emitting ash.

The eruption raised fears of a repeat of the air travel chaos caused by a blast at the nearby Eyjafjoell volcano, which led to the world's biggest airspace shutdown since World War II, affecting more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers.

Despite spewing out more ash in 24 hours than Eyjafjoell did in three weeks, Grimsvoetn caused far fewer disruptions, with the number of flights grounded due to its ash counted in the hundreds.

Experts however warn that more massive flight disruptions due to ash from Icelandic volcanos could be on the horizon, pointing out that several of the country's volcanos appear to coinciding cycles that will lead to an increase in eruptions in coming years.

After Eyjafjoell and Grimsvoetn, Hekla and not least Katla, which is considered the most dangerous of the small North Atlantic island's more than 100 volcanos, could be next, experts say.

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After the ash, Iceland gets new volcanic fragrance
Reykjavik (AFP) May 30, 2011 - A designer who shot to fame with a line of perfume inspired by last year's flight-halting Eyjafjoell volcano said Monday she would launch a new fragrance drawn from last week's eruption on Iceland.

After launching "EFJ Eyjafjallajoekull," a women's perfume made from melt water from the glacier sitting on top of the Eyjafjoell volcano that erupted in April last year, Sigrun Lilja Gudjonsdottir said she would soon launch the "VJK Vatnajoekull," a fragrance for men named after the glacier that straddles Grimsvoetn.

"When the eruption started (on May 21), my heart really started to beat real fast," Gudjonsdottir told AFP, adding that she had quickly decided to rethink and rebrand a perfume already several months in the works.

"I said to myself, ok, now we really have to speed things up," she said.

The new fragrance will also be made of glacial melt water and, like last year, will be made in Grasse, France's perfume capital.

While the final scent has yet to be decided upon, Gudjonsdottir said it would be a "very masculine" fragrance that would evoke the power of of Grimsvoetn, which initially spewed ash 20 kilometres (12 miles) into the air.

And there should be plenty of melt water available: Iceland's most active volcano, which was declared dead Monday, sits at the heart of Europe's biggest glacier.

The "VJK Vatnajoekull" is expected to hit stores in the second half of the year, with the aim of repeating the success of its predecessor, which sold more than 2,000 bottles at a cost of about 80 euros ($115) for 100 millilitres.

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