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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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easyJet 'puts contingency plans in action' over volcano

easyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

"As things stand there are no changes to easyJet's flying programme, including flights to and from Iceland," a spokesperson for the airline said.

easyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action. Credit: PA

The budget airline said it is using specialist technology to ensure any ash created by the eruption is detected and chartered.

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