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Small eruption detected under Iceland glacier

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake took place today in Iceland, forcing the country to raise its aviation alert for the Bardarbunga volcano to red.

According to the Icelandic Met Office:

  • A small lava-eruption has been detected under the Dyngjujökull glacier.
  • The Icelandic Coast Guard airplane TF-SIF is flying over the area with representatives from the Civil Protection and experts from the Icelandic Met Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences. Data from the equipment on board is expected later today.
  • Data from radars and web-cameras is being received, showing no signs of changes at the surface.
  • The estimate is that 150-400 metres of ice is above the area.
  • The aviation colour code for the Bárðarbunga volcano has been changed from orange to red.
  • At around 2pm local time (3.04pm GMT), an earthquake occurred, estimated 4.5 in magnitude.

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Iceland volcano ash depends on 'thickness of ice'

The amount of ash produced by the Bardarbunga volcano would depend on the thickness of the ice, Icelandic Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer has said, after Iceland raised its aviation alert to red.

Seismologists say magma is moving under the glacier but so far has travelled horizontally at a depth of three to six miles. The volcano will erupt if the magma rises and melts the ice above.

The thicker the ice, the more water there is, the more explosive it will be and the more ash-rich the eruption will be.

– Melissa Pfeffer, Icelandic Met Office vulcanologist

Iceland volcano eruption 'imminent or in progress'

A red warning suggests eruption is imminent or in progress
A red warning suggests eruption is imminent or in progress Credit: Icelandic Met Office

Iceland has raised its aviation alert for the restless Bardarbunga volcano to red, indicating that some type of eruption is imminent or in progress.

Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano deep beneath Iceland's Vatnajokull glacier in the last week, with activity picking up today after a lull the day before.

The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano in 2010 produced an ash cloud that caused international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled.

Israel warns Gaza to keep away from 'terrorist sites'

Leaflets have been dropped by Israeli forces warning residents of Gaza to avoid areas where "terrorist activities against Israel originate".

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Abbas: We must stop the flow of blood in Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and other officials in Cairo.

Palestine's authority president Mahmoud Abbas
Palestine's authority president Mahmoud Abbas Credit: Lemouton Stephane/ABACA/Press Association Images

Abbas and el-Sissi discussed ways to resume the temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas which collapsed earlier this week, bringing the Egyptian-brokered talks to a halt.

Speaking at a news conference after the meeting, Abbas said:

What matters to us now is to stop the flow of blood, and to stop these acts that cause more sacrifices. And as soon as it stops, we must support the humanitarian effort and reconstruction of Gaza.

Afterwards, the different factions can sit together, after the cease-fire is in place, in order to talk about all the demands that are on the table.

– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

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Mackay 'used racist term to describe Cardiff owner'

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In happy times, Tan and Mackay celebrate winning the Championship in 2013. Credit: EMPICS Sport / EMPICS Sport

Fresh allegations have emerged surrounding Malky Mackay, the former Cardiff manager who is accused of sending a series of racist and homophobic messages.

Having already apologised for messages published in the press - and insisted he was not racist, sexist, homophobe or anti-Semite - Mackay is now alleged to have described Cardiff's Malaysian owner Vincent Chan as a "chink".

Mackay was sacked by Cardiff last December and the allegations have cost him the chance to take over the vacant manager job at Crystal Palace.

Egypt urges resumption of Gaza ceasefire talks

Egypt has called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume ceasefire talks.

Violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

A view of what witnesses said was an explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City
A view of what witnesses said was an explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City Credit: Reuters

A senior Egyptian diplomat said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas had informed Sisi that Hamas was prepared to come to Cairo for further talks, but Hamas has not immediately confirmed the report.

Gaza health officials said five people, including two children, were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza.

Four more Palestinians were killed in other strikes.

The Israeli military said Gaza militants had fired more than 40 rockets at Israel and no Israeli casualties were reported.

Shakhtar Donetsk stadium damaged by shelling

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Two explosions hit the stadium this morning. Credit: Shakhtar Donetsk FC

Donbass Arena, the home of Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, has been damaged by shelling.

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The stadium is one of Ukraine's top sporting venues. Credit: Shakhtar Donetsk FC

The club said two "powerful explosions" had rocked the stadium early this morning, but there are no casualties among stadium staff.

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England faced Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in 2012. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The ground hosted England's match with Ukraine in the 2012 European Championships.

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