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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 restrictions and Iceland airport services resume

Iceland's Civil Protection Department has said that a subglacial earthquake that was believed to have taken place yesterday at the Bardarbunga volcano "did not take occur". In a statement, the department said:

Scientists' observations conclude that a sub-glacial eruption did not occur yesterday as was previously believed. The Icelandic Met Office has decided to move the aviation color-code from red to orange.

Therefore, all restrictions on aviation have been cancelled and all scheduled services airports in Iceland are open.

– Almannavarnadeild ríkislögreglustjóra

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