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Exploding volcano DRONE footage caught on camera

Amazing drone video of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupting

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    Cheryl Santa Maria
    Digital Reporter

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:46 PM - Eric Cheng recently flew a drone over Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, capturing an incredible display.

    The footage was captured on September 20 -- a day when the weather conditions aligned.

    The sky was clear and the winds were blowing in the right direction, minimizing Cheng's exposure to dangerous fumes coming from the crater.

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    While there has been plenty of footage of the volcanic eruption, Cheng's video is truly remarkable.

    Shot as the sun was setting the lava stands in stark contrast to its dark surroundings.

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has been erupting since late August, sending sulphur as far as Norway, some 1,300 kilometres away.

    According to The Weather Channel in the U.S. high pressure over Scotland, combined with with and little rain, are what enabled the fumes to travel so far.

    A large eruption of the volcano could cause major air traffic delays -- bringing back memories of Iceland's 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption.

    That event caused countless delays and cancellations over a three-month period, impacting an estimated 10 million travelers and costing $1.7 billion in lost revenue.

    Bardarbunga is Iceland's fourth most-active volcano, having last erupted in 1794.


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