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REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Iceland's latest volcanic eruption is coming to an end, scientists said Monday -- and the unexpected tourist boom that lifted this recession-weary country's financial gloom may be up in smoke as well.
It says something about a country's fortunes when an erupting volcano is greeted as good news. But Iceland has had a rocky time since its banks collapsed 18 months ago, capsizing the economy and sending unemployment soaring.
Then, last month, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano began erupting after almost 200 years of silence, threatening floods and earthquakes but drawing thousands of adventurous tourists -- and their desperately needed cash -- to the site where ash and red-hot lava spewed from a crater between two glaciers.
All good things must come to an end, however, and scientists said Monday that the eruption is winding down. "The volcanic activity has essentially stopped," said Einar Kjartansson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office. "I believe the eruption has ended."