Ash cloud II, the sequel – airlines on alert over Icelandic volcano threat

Airlines have been alerted that an Icelandic volcano may be on the brink of an eruption that could affect air travel. Meteorologists have warned that “ongoing magma movement” could also potentially lead to flooding or gas emissions at the Bardarbunga volcano.

The risk level to air travel has been raised to orange; the second highest level.

In 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption caused significant disruption to European air travel, as well as causing a nightmare for news readers everywhere.

The met office said: “Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood and ash emission.”

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