Airlines and Aviation
Airlines are gearing up for the possible disruption of flights as seismic activity in Iceland indicates that a major volcanic eruption might be eminent. So far, however, there are no signs of magma moving to the surface.
Is Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano getting set to blow it’s top?
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has raised the risk level of a volcanic eruption to orange, the 2nd highest level in a 5 level scale, signifying that a volcano is showing ‘heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption’.
Red would indicate that was eruption was either imminent or in progress and that there was a likelihood of volcanic ash being released into the atmosphere.
Roads have been closed and highland areas north of the volcano are being evacuated as precautionary measures.
In 2010, a massive cloud of volcanic ash closed down much of European air space for 6 days when Eyjafjallajokull Volcano erupted. Air traffic across the North Atlantic was also affected by the volcanic eruption.