Iceland volcano erupts; ban imposed on air traffic
Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:01 PM
REYKJAVIK (AFP) - Iceland’s Meteorological Institute raised its alert over the nation’s largest volcano to red on Friday after the Bardarbunga volcano began erupting overnight.
A ban on air traffic around the country’s largest volcanic system was also put in place. A previous ban on air traffic around the volcano was lifted on Aug 24.
“A volcanic eruption started... just after midnight,” said the civil protection office in a statement.
“No volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system at the moment. The earthquake caused by the eruption is small, indicating an... eruption without significant explosive activity.” Scientists were in the area examining the explosion, the office added.
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