Eruption in Bardarbunga Volcano System, but No Threat to Air Traffic

A volcanic eruption happened at the Bardarbunga volcano during the early hours of Friday. Iceland has announced that the eruption was not of a big level and has stopped. Therefore, it has lifted all airspace restrictions.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reduced its warning level from red to orange. It has announced that the eruption no more poses threat to air traffic. The National Crisis Coordination Center stated that the eruption left an almost 2,000-foot-long fissure. Also, seismic activities continue to take place in the region.

As per experts, the eruption at the Holuhraun lava field started just after 00:00 GMT and stopped at 04:00 GMT on Friday. Over the last two weeks, the volcanic system has been witnessing a number of earthquakes. Due to this, scientists were alert with regard to an eruption.

Nick Petford, a vulcanologist at the University of Northampton in England, affirmed, "Exactly the same thing happened in 2010 with the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The main eruption was in noticed in April this year, but in March there was a fissure eruption which was a precursor to the much larger eruption".

During the 2010 eruption, the ash disrupted air travel in Europe. Bardarbunga is a stratovolcano and is present under the Vatnajokull ice cap in central Iceland. Bjorn Oddsson, a geophysicist from Iceland's Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, was of the view that the eruption is not affecting air travel.

The lava is coming out of the craters. All airports are working and things are under control. Experts informed the current eruption is not of the level of 2010 when disruption to flights brought Europe to a halt. Novel equipment is being tested by airliners and engine makers that will allow planes to identify risk zones and fly around ash clouds.