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Strong earthquakes strike Iceland volcano on verge of eruption

Published on Aug 24, 2014 7:15 PM
 

REYKJAVIK (AFP) - Two strong earthquakes on Sunday shook Iceland’s largest volcano, which is on red alert for imminent risk of eruption, the Icelandic Met Office said.

A large explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano could signal a replay of the global travel chaos caused by the eruption of another Icelandic peak four years ago, which created a massive ash cloud across Europe.

The earthquakes were listed on the Met Office’s website with intensities of 5.3 and 5.1 on the Richter scale, which makes them the strongest recorded in the region since the current seismic cycle began last week.

On Saturday, Iceland raised its alert over the Bardarbunga volcano to the highest level and closed airspace in the area, but all of Iceland’s airports remained open.

Picture taken on May 21, 2011, shows a cloud of smoke and ash over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland. Two strong earthquakes on Sunday shook Iceland’s largest volcano, which is on red alert for imminent risk of eruption, the Icelandic Met Office said. -- PHOTO AFP
 
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