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Iceland lowers volcano alert to orange

Published on Aug 24, 2014 9:06 PM
 
Computer screens showing seismic activity from the Bardarbunga volcanic eruption at the Icelandic met office in Reykjavik on Saturday, Aug 23, 2014. Iceland lowered its alert over the nation's largest volcanic system to orange on Sunday after keeping it for one day at the maximum level amid fears of an imminent eruption. -- PHOTO: AFP

REYKJAVIK (AFP) - Iceland lowered its alert over the nation's largest volcanic system to orange on Sunday after keeping it for one day at the maximum level amid fears of an imminent eruption.

A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano, located under a glacier, could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another Icelandic peak blew four years ago, creating a massive ash cloud across Europe.

The Icelandic Met Office said that there had not been a small sub-glacial eruption on Saturday, as previously announced.

"Presently there are no signs of ongoing volcanic activity," IMO said on its website on Saturday night.

 
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