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Iceland Volcano Eruption Would Shut Down Air Travel: Authority

by Wochit 1:04 mins

Iceland Volcano Eruption Would Shut Down Air Travel: Authority

by Wochit 1:04 mins

Icelandic aviation authorities warned Wednesday an eruption of the nation's largest volcano would trigger a shutdown of airspace, in a potential replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago. Authorities evacuated tourists and hikers overnight from the area around Bardarbunga volcano, which kicked into seismic action on Monday with the biggest earthquake registered since 1996. Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration spokesman Fridthor Eydal was quoted as saying on news site mbl.is. "There's nothing we can do if we get another big eruption like that of Eyjafjoell except to interrupt air traffic in the dangerous areas," "It's really the only thing we can do," he said. The eruption of Eyjafjoell, a smaller volcano, in April 2010 caused travel mayhem, stranding more than eight million travellers in the biggest airspace shut down since World War II.

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