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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Faraway volcanic eruptions now detected in a flash

Lightning adds flash to ash: In this April 18 photo, lightning is seen amid the lava and ash erupting from the vent of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The power of volcanic ash to play havoc with air travel was underscored as flights across Europe were grounded for nearly a week.