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Violent eruption in Iceland: spectacular, but dangerous ..

A volcanic eruption has been detected in Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula, where intense earthquake swarms have been felt in recent weeks. The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reported that the eruption occurred near the Fagradalsfjall mountain, in the south-western part of the country, about 23 miles from the capital Reykjavik.

Last year, an eruption on the peninsula was the first in 800 years and produced lava flows for several months. In 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in another part of the country catapulted enough ash and dust into the atmosphere, canceling tens of thousands of flights across Europe because the ashes could damage jet engines. Here is a picture of the rash

Icelandair tweeted about today's eruption because that means big gains for the travel industry. Last year, the eruption attracted more than 350,000 visitors to Reykjavik. The eruption was the longest recorded in half a century and left tourists dazzled by the nocturnal glow of molten rock streams.

The dangers in this case come mainly from the ash clouds that can interrupt air traffic over the Atlantic and even locally change the climate. Iceland is not densely populated and prepared for these kinds of natural events.

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