Iceland issues red alert, closes air space after volcanic eruption

The Icelandic Met Office says a small eruption has begun under the glacier at the Bardarbunga volcano, with a significant emission of ash likely.

There have been thousands of small earthquakes over the past week at Bardarbunga, Iceland’s largest volcanic system, located under the ice cap of a glacier.

The region surrounding the Bardarbunga volcano, has already been evacuated after days of heightened seismic activity.

Ash from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe‘s airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1. 7 billion.

Iceland has issued a code red aviation warning and closed air space over a volcanic eruption under the Dyngjujokull glacier.

The Met Office says a team of scientists have been flying in a surveillance plane to monitor seismic activity.

Read more here: ABC


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