Concern grows over the Iceland Volcano and after fresh eruptions from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano; Iceland has once again raised its aviation alert. However the Met office in Iceland has described the eruption as “a very calm lava eruption” which could “hardly be seen on seismometers”. The aviation alert means that planes will not fly within 6000 feet of the volcano peak.
The eruptions happened in the same place where eruptions had happened earlier.The fresh eruptions which happened in the Holuhraun lava field area was “calm but continuous”,
The fresh eruptions brought back fears of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted in 2010, producing ash that disrupted air travel across Europe.
The fresh eruptions are more intense than the earlier eruptions with 10 times more lava. However experts contend that even if a big volcano erupts and emits a big cloud of volcanic ash, it will not cause the same level of flight disruptions as it happened in 2010.The modern day airliners are equipped with new technology which enables it fly around ash clouds.
The fresh eruptions happened in an ice-free area of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano system. The fresh eruption has led the authorities to issue the highest level of alert, red to the aviation sector. Red color is the highest alert level on a five color scale and it also indicates that an eruption is impending or under way, with a risk of spewing ash.
Earlier On Friday, a 600 meter-long fissure 5 km north of Dyngjujokull glacier in the north Vatnajokull glacier erupted. However no ash was detected at the time. The eruption lasted for a few hours.
Armann Hoskuldsson, a geologist at the University of Iceland who is working in the area, told Reuters “This is a little bit larger fissure eruption than on Friday. There is more lava and more rifts in the ice cap. The rifts are approximately 1 km further to the north than after the fissure eruption on Friday.”