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Icelandic volcano released three times the toxic gas of Europe’s industry

A VOLCANIC eruption in Iceland emitted on average three times as much of a toxic gas as all European industry combined, according to new research.

Scientists from Edinburgh and Leeds universities, along with experts from the Met Office, studied the discharge of lava from the Bárðarbunga volcano which erupted last year, releasing up to 120,000 tonnes per day of sulphur dioxide.

The eruption was the biggest in the country for more than 200 years and lasted for six months.

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