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Iceland volcano erupts; ban imposed on air traffic

Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:01 PM
General view of the Bardarbunga volcano in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier on Aug 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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