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Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano

Published on Aug 20, 2014 7:03 PM

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption.

The move came after authorities on Monday warned airlines about increased seismic activity at Iceland's largest volcanic system. Ash from the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days.

"This decision is a safety measure," the agency said on its website late on Tuesday. "It cannot be ruled out that the seismic activity in Bardarbunga could lead to a volcanic eruption."

All roads leading into the mostly uninhabited area were closed earlier in the week. Park rangers who live there during the summer and tourists are now being evacuated.

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