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Icelandic Volcano Eruption raises aviation alert

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

After last week’s over 2,600 earthquakes in Bardarbunga, Iceland, a small eruption has started beneath a glacier near a large ice-capped volcano of Bardarbunga.

volcanic-irelandIn 2010, eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano triggered floods and ash plumes that halted air travel to Europe, affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Now another Icelandic volcano is prompting fears of a repeat of the travel chaos.

In Iceland, the volcano warning level has been raised to red, the highest, and the area's already been evacuated.

Bardarbunga is more than 124 miles (200 kilometers) from Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, so it poses little threat to populated parts of the island. Aside from some farms on the coastline, no one lives in the barren region threatened with flooding. But its remoteness made evacuation of tourists from the region a reasonable precaution.

On Sunday, at 14:00 UTC, an over-flight was made to Bardarbunga by the Icelandic Coastguard with scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the University of Iceland, in addition to a representative from the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police. During three hours of aerial surveillance, there were no obvious signs of volcanic activity. However, it was decided that the aviation color-code should remain ‘red’. The situation will be reassessed tomorrow morning.

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