, 2022-08-08 02:00:00,
For the second straight year, part of Iceland is dealing with the impact of a volcanic eruption.
The latest volcanic activity came to a head last week north of Mount Stori-Hrutur, which is in southwest Iceland near the town of Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, according to Iceland’s government.
The volcanic activity is happening about 9 miles from Keflavik Airport (KEF), which is a key airport many travelers use when visiting the country. The area isn’t far from the location of last spring’s eruption that lasted six months.
Fortunately, as of last week, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs said the risk to heavily populated areas and critical infrastructure from the volcano was low, and international air travel was not expected to be affected.
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As of midday Sunday, for instance, data from FlightAware did not show the airport among those in the world with significant flight disruptions.
At the same time, volcanic activity — in a popular tourist destination, no less — does raise important questions about safety for those who happen to be visiting the region or those that are drawn to the area specifically because of the volcanic activity.
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