Written by Bella Dalima
29 Aug, 2014 | 2:56 pm
Airlines have been placed of red alert once again after a volcanic eruption in Iceland this morning.
The small eruption in the Holuhraun area, just north of the Bardarbunga volcano, comes after almost two weeks of earthquakes in the region, and an earlier sub-glacial eruption.
The estimated 1km fissure eruption prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise the aviation warning code to its highest level, but no volcanic ash has been detected.
Recent volcanic activity in Iceland has raised worries of an eruption causing chaos for air travel, as it did in 2010 when an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe’s airspace for six days.
This morning’s eruption took place in a lava field not covered by ice.
The risk of an ash cloud is highest in case of a sub-glacial eruption.
Iceland’s National Crisis Coordination Centre said: “The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation colorcode over the eruption site to red and the Icelandic Air Traffic Control has closed down the airspace from the earth up to 18000 feet.”
“No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment….Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.”
The red warning code indicates that an eruption is imminent or underway, with a risk of ash.
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