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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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Traffic banned in large area near Icelandic volcano

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has closed roads and banned hiking in a large area north of the Bardarbunga volcano.

The black hatched area on the map below shows the region that is out of bounds:

Map of Iceland showing area where traffic and hiking has been banned Credit: Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration

The organisation warns of a "danger of flooding in connection with a possible volcano eruption".

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