May 22, 2011 / 9:12 AM / 6 years ago

Iceland shuts main airport after volcano eruption

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REYKJAVIK, May 22 (Reuters) - Iceland has shut its main airport after a volcanic eruption and other airports on the island are likely to close during the day, the civil aviation authority said on Sunday.

"The ash distribution forecast over the next six hours shows that the ash from the volcano will spread over Iceland today, leading to the closure of most Icelandic airports as the day goes on," the Isavia authority said in a statement. (Reporting by Omar Valdimarsson in Reykjavik and Patrick Lannin in Stockholm; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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