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Icelandic volcanic ash alert back to orange after eruption

Iceland has cut its ash alert level for aviation to orange from red after raising it to the maximum level earlier in the day due to a fresh eruption from a fissure in the Bardarbunga volcano system.

Iceland's largest volcanic system has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert.

In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days.

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Aviation body warned over Iceland volcano disruption

Orange warning issued after volcano eruption in Iceland Credit: Icelandic Met Office

The aviation industry has been warned about possible flight disruptions after seismic tremors were recorded at Iceland's largest volcano system.

The country's Met Office has raised the risk level to the aviation industry to orange, warning "heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption".

As evidence of magma movement shallower than 10 km implies increased potential of a volcanic eruption, the Bárðarbunga aviation color code has been changed to orange.

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 (jökulhlaup) and ash emission.

– Icelandic Met Office

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