SPARKY: Volcano Near Iceland’s Airport Ignites Travel Fears, Risky Selfies

The Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwest Iceland erupted Wednesday. It’s about 10 miles from Keflavik International Airport and about 20 miles from the country’s capital, Reykjavik.

While the airport at this point remains open, the Washington Post reports that officials continue to monitor the situation, and the international travel community stays on alert, remembering the 2010 eruption of another Icelandic volcano that spewed huge ash clouds into the atmosphere, disrupting air traffic between Europe and the Americas, and stranding millions of pax.

This time, officials are also concerned about foolhardy tourists who can’t resist venturing too close to the lava flow in search of selfies. In fact, the NYTimes reports three tourists have been injured by venturing too close to the hot magma and its noxious fumes.

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