Fears of more flight chaos as Iceland sees new eruption
A new volcanic eruption in Iceland shut down the country's airspace on Sunday, a year after the eruption of nearby Eyjafjoell caused aviation chaos across Europe.
Experts and aviation authorities said however that the impact of the Grimsvoetn eruption should not be as far-reaching.
Grimsvoetn, Iceland's most active volcano located at the heart of its biggest glacier Vatnajoekull, began erupting late Saturday, sending a plume of smoke and ash as high as 20 kilometres (12 miles) into the sky.
Ash soon covered nearby villages and farms and had by Sunday morning reached the capital, nearly 400 kilometres to the west.
"It's just black outside, and you can hardly tell it is supposed to be bright daylight," Bjorgvin Hardarsson, a farmer at Hunbakkar Farm in the nearby village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur told AFP.
Sunday morning, Iceland's airport administration, Isavia, announced that the country's main airport Keflavik was shutting and that basically all of the country's airspace was closing due to the ash cloud.
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