Volcano erupts in Iceland

A volcano in Iceland has erupted Wednesday, requiring evacuations, airport closures, and health alerts.

The volcano, called Eyjafjallajokull, began showing activity in March and has since erupted, causing multiple evacuations of small towns nearby, BBC News said.

The ash spewing from the volcano has also caused closures of airports in much of Europe including the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and others, said BBC News.

Flash floods were expected in the region due to the fact that the volcano sits beneath Iceland's fifth largest glacier, The Guardian said.

This is the first major explosion of the volcano since 1821, said The Guardian. It has only erupted five times since Iceland was first settled.

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