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Iceland Volcano Eruption Melts Glacier, Causes Floods

Iceland’s second volcano eruption in less than a month melted part of a glacier and caused heavy flooding on Wednesday, forcing up to 800 people to evacuate and grounding some flights over Norway.

“We have two heavy floods coming out from the melting of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier,” local police spokesman Roegnvaldur Olafsson told AFP from near the site of the eruption in the south of the country.

So far, “no lives are in danger but we have evacuated the area and all roads are closed,” he said, adding that the ongoing eruption was bigger than the blast at the nearby Fimmvorduhals volcano last month.

Police said earlier Wednesday that following the eruption, which began around 1:00 am (0100 GMT), between 700 and 800 people had been evacuated from their homes in the remote, lightly populated area 125 kilometres (75 miles) east of Reykjavik.

“There were a lot of earthquakes in the area,” police spokesman Baldur Sigurdsson told AFP.

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