Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland: Ice chunks the size of houses tumbled down from a volcano beneath Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier on Thursday, as hot gases melted the ice.
The volcano began erupting on Wednesday for the second time in less than a month.
Torrents of water filled with ash and pumice roared down the steep slopes of the volcano.
About 40 people nearby were evacuated because of flash floods, which washed away chunks of the country's main ring road.
Farmer Elin S. Ragnarsdottir was one of the locals being looked after at the Hvolsvollur emergency centre.
"We completely depend on the Civil Protection people. They are doing a wonderful job. We feel very welcome here," she said.
More floods from melting waters are expected as long as the volcano keeps erupting, a member of the Civil Protection Department said.
Iceland, a nation of 320-thousand people, sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge, and has a history of devastating eruptions.
One of the worst was the 1783 eruption of the Laki volcano, which spewed a toxic cloud over Europe.
Story first published:
April 16, 2010 20:42 IST