Iceland issues red alert as Bardarbunga volcano erupts

A warning sign blocks the road to the Bardarbunga volcano in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier.

A warning sign blocks the road to the Bardarbunga volcano in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier.

(SOURCE)  Reykjavik: Iceland has issued a red alert and banned air traffic near its largest volcano after it erupted, threatening a replay of the global travel chaos four years ago when another peak blew.

While Bardarbunga, located under Europe’s largest glacier, had not yet started spewing ash as of early Friday, the release of a massive cloud remained a possible scenario with potentially dire consequences for aviation.

In 2010, another Icelandic volcanic eruption caused the biggest closure of European airspace in peacetime, halting 100,000 flights and stranding eight million passengers.

Iceland’s Meteorological Institute, charged with monitoring volcanic activity, raised the alert to the highest level of red after the eruption.

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