Volcano begins to erupt in southwest Iceland near airport

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (UKTN) – A volcano in southwestern Iceland began erupting on Wednesday, the country’s meteorological authorities said.

The Icelandic Meteorological Bureau said the eruption is near Fagradalsfjall mountain, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital Reykjavik. A live video feed from the site shows molten lava spewing from a narrow fissure.

The eruption follows days of minor earthquakes in the area and is close to Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s international air traffic hub.

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An eruption last year in the same area — the first on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula in nearly 800 years — spawned spectacular lava flows for several months.

Iceland, located above a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic, has an eruption every four to five years on average.

The most disruptive in recent times was the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which sent clouds of ash and dust into the atmosphere, interrupting air travel between Europe and North America for days over concerns the ash could damage jet engines. More than 100,000 flights were grounded, with millions of passengers stranded.

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