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Iceland raises Bardarbunga volcano alert to orange


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Hi Guys

 

Is more bad news on the way for flights chaos and cancellations i hope not.

 

The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, with signs of "ongoing magma movement", Iceland's meteorological office says.

The risk level to the aviation industry has been raised to orange, the second-highest level, the met office said.

Any eruption could potentially lead to flooding or an emission of gas, the office added in a statement.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing an ash cloud that severely disrupted European airspace.

The Bardarbunga volcanic system is located under the north-west region of Iceland's Vatnajokull glacier.

'Strongest earthquake'

"Intense seismic activity" began at the volcano on 16 August, and there was a strong earthquake in the region early on Monday, the met office said.

"This is the strongest earthquake measured in the region since 1996.

"Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood and ash emission," the met office said, adding that the situation was being monitored.

The aviation colour codes are used to indicate the level of risk a volcano poses to air travel.

An orange alert indicates that a volcano is showing "escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption", or is erupting without any major volcanic ash emissions.

A red alert means that an eruption is "imminent", or is underway with "significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere".

The ash cloud produced by the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption led to hundreds of thousands of passengers being affected by flight restrictions.

 

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Looks like this Volcano is getting ready to erupt at any time now.

 

Iceland's authorities have evacuated an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears it could erupt.

The area, which is more than 300km (190 miles) from the capital Reykjavik, has no permanent residents but sits within a national park popular with tourists.

 

The move came as geologists said about 300 earthquakes had been detected in the area since midnight on Tuesday.

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing an ash cloud that severely disrupted air travel.

The national civil protection agency said the decision to evacuate more than 300 people close to Bardarbunga was a "precautionary" safety measure.

 

"It cannot be ruled out that the seismic activity in Bardarbunga could lead to a volcanic eruption," it added.

 

Due to fly to Bangkok in 7 weeks so beginning to get a little worried i know what happened last time and it was a

nightmare for many people.

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I am pretty sure that after the eruption that caused chaos the airlines relaxed their policies as they felt they where overly harsh, so even if it does errupt I don't think the impact will be as wide spread.

 

Of course a lot will depend on the direction of the wind when it does go !

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I am pretty sure that after the eruption that caused chaos the airlines relaxed their policies as they felt they where overly harsh, so even if it does errupt I don't think the impact will be as wide spread.

 

Of course a lot will depend on the direction of the wind when it does go !

 

I so hope you are right for the last week we have had winds coming directly down from Iceland.

 

When the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in Iceland in April 2010, more than 100-thousand flights were grounded, Now, after 3,000 earthquakes in five days another Icelandic volcano - Bardarbunga - is showing signs of erupting.

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More bad news Iceland now issues "RED ALERT" for it's new volcano.

 

Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely.

The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga.

 

The air space over the site has been closed, but all Icelandic airports currently remain open, authorities say.

Geophysicist Dr Ian Stimpson told the BBC that so far it looked unlikely to cause the disruption to air travel that Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused in 2010, but melting ice could trigger bigger eruptions.

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At least this one is easier to pronounce :)

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There are only two types of people in the world, those who can extrapolate from incomplete data......

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The Icelandic Met Office has raised its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began overnight.

Scientists said a fissure eruption 1km (0.6 miles) long started in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier.

Civil protection officials said Icelandic Air Traffic Control had closed the airspace above the eruption up to a height of 5,000ft (1,500m).

The volcano has been hit by several recent tremors.

The fissure eruption took place between Dyngjujokull Glacier and the Askja caldera, a statement from the Department of Civil Protection said.

 

The area is part of the Bardabunga system.

"Scientists who have been at work close to the eruption monitor the event at a safe distance," the statement added.

"The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation colour code over the eruption site to red."

It added that no volcanic ash had so far been detected but a coast guard aircraft was due to take off later to survey the site.

 

On Friday Morning the UK met office advised that the Bardarbunga eruption was a lava blast, with no ash being emitted into the atmosphere.Noting current wind patterns, it added that even if ash is emitted it is unlikely to affect UK airspace for the next couple of days but was monitoring the situation and liaising with airlines and airports.Bjorn Oddsson, a geophysicist from Iceland's Iceland's Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, said the eruption was currently not affecting air travel.

"It's mostly effusive; there's no ash in the air, and not even in the vicinity," he said.

 

"So mostly lava is pouring out of the craters right now and the only flight restriction is over the area. All airports are open, and things are quite in control."

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                                                  Updated 1 hr ago

Iceland raises volcano alert again

  

 

 

Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.

No volcanic ash has been detected, however, and the Civil Protection Department said all Icelandic airports remained open.

The country's meteorological agency said scientists were monitoring the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about three miles north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier.

 

"Visual observation confirms it is calm, but continuous," the weather agency said on its website.

This morning's eruption at about 0600 BST followed a smaller one in the same site on Friday that also prompted authorities to briefly raise the aviation warning code to restrict flights in the area. Thousands of small earthquakes have rocked the region in recent days, leading to concerns that the main volcano may erupt.

 

The red warning code - the highest in the country's alert system - meant that no flights are allowed in an airspace area of about 40 square nautical miles north of the fissure eruption area, up to 6,000 feet (1.1 miles) from the ground. Aviation officials said the restrictions do not affect commercial flights, which fly much higher than that.

Authorities said lava fountains of about 165ft (50m) high erupted from the fissure, estimated to be almost a mile long.

The fissure eruption appeared about 28 miles from the main Bardarbunga volcano, which lies under the vast Vatnajokull glacier that dominates the eastern corner of Iceland.

 

Though remote and sparsely populated, the area is popular with hikers in the summer. Officials earlier evacuated all tourists in the region after intense seismic activity there.

Although today's fissure eruption was more powerful than the one on Friday, experts say the situation is contained and is unlikely to result in the same level of aviation chaos as 2010.

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