Ash cloud red alert for airlines over Icelandic volcano

 

Iceland volcano

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano in 2013

A volcano has erupted in Iceland, triggering a red alert warning, with Icelandic authorities closing airspace between the ground and 18,000 feet.

The eruption, which occurred close to Iceland’s Dyngjujokull glacier, has not yet ejected any volcanic ash.

Last week, meteorologists set the alert to orange, warning that “ongoing magma movement” could also potentially lead to flooding or gas emissions at the Bardarbunga volcano.

But since then seismic activity has increased in the area. The decision to set the aviation alert code to red, means that a further eruption is imminent or already underway, with emission of volcanic ash highly likely.

Iceland’s National Crisis Coordination Centre said: “No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment.

“Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.”

An ash cloud caused by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano cause major disruption to air traffic across Europe in 2010, with flights cancelled over six consecutive days.

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