Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland’s authorities on Sunday raised the aviation warning code to red for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.

The country’s meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometers (three miles) north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier, as a “very calm lava eruption and can hardly be seen on seismometers.”

Icelandic aviation authorities closed the airspace around the eruption area up to 6,000 feet (1,823 meters). Most commercial flights won’t be affected because they fly much higher than that.

No volcanic ash has been detected, and the Civil Protection Department said all Icelandic airports remained open.

Sunday morning’s eruption, which took place about 0500 GMT (1 a.m. EDT), was the third one in the area since Aug. 23. On Friday, a smaller fissure eruption in the same site also prompted authorities to briefly raise the aviation warning code to restrict flights around the eruption site.

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