Two weeks of earthquakes have led to a small eruption north of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano. So far, no volcanic ash has been detected.
The eruption has promoted Iceland’s Meteorological Office to raise the aviation warning back to red, though. The increase in seismic activity over the past couple of weeks has many in Europe’s aviation industry scrambling to prepare for a worse case scenario. A volcano eruption in Iceland back in 2010 shut down much of Europe’s airspace for nearly a week. Airline companies are hoping Bardarbunga doesn’t do anything similar.
“The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation colorcode over the eruption site to red and the Icelandic Air Traffic Control has closed down the airspace from the earth up to 18000 feet,” Iceland’s National Crisis Coordination Center said.
“No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment….Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.”
It looks like the eruption is just a magma breach at the moment, not the trademark explosive breaches volcano eruptions are known for.
What does a red warning code mean? That an eruption is either imminent or underway.
Check out an aerial view of the fissure eruption in the video below.
You can keep up with Bardarbunga’s eruptions as they happen with the live stream below. Also, here’s a cool 3D visualization of Bardarbunga earthquakes.