State of emergency declared after Icelandic volcano erupts, first since 1823


REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) — A state of emergency was declared on Sunday after the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in southern Iceland, the Icelandic Civil Defense said.

It said the surrounding area is being evacuated and that Red Cross shelters are being set up. Ash is falling down in nearby towns.

It is the first eruption of the volcano since 1823.

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