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Travel Advisory: Iceland’s Met Office Warns of Possible Volcanic Eruption

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.

Volcano-Eyjafjallajokull-erupts-April-17-2010-credit-Árni-Friðriksson

Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010, shutting down much of European air space for 6 days. Photo Credit: Árni Friðriksson.

 

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.

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