Iceland Met Office raises Aviation Warning Level to Red after Eruptions

Iceland Eruption raises Aviation Warning Level to Red after Eruptions on Volcano

The Icelandic Met Office warned Air Traffic Control to close the airspace because of recent tremors on the Bardarbunga volcano. The aviation warning was raised to red after an eruption began overnight. The Icelandic Met Office kept its aviation warning level at orange until now.

It was revealed in a statement by the Department of Civil Protection that fissure eruption took place between Dyngjujokull Glacier and the Askja caldera.

“Scientists who have been at work close to the eruption monitor the event at a safe distance. The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation color code over the eruption site to red”, added the statement.

There was no evidence of volcanic ash in the area so far, but a coast guard aircraft was all set to take off to examine the site.

The UK Met Office suggested on Friday morning that the Bardarbunga eruption was a lava blast, but no ash was spewed into the air.

Current wind patterns mean that the UK airspace is highly unlikely to get affected for the next couple of days even if ash is emitted in the atmosphere. Air travel was not affected by the eruption, said Bjorn Oddsson, a geophysicist from Iceland's Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

Scientists said on Thursday that they were looking into several cauldrons found near Bardarbunga volcano that could potentially be a sign of an eruption.

Bardarbunga falls into the area that is part of a large volcano system underlying the 500m-thick (1,600ft) Vatnajokull ice cap in central Iceland.

Eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull produced ash after it occurred in 2010 and international aviation was disrupted for a week as a direct result.


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