Iceland Lowers Alert, Reopens Airspace Near Bardarbunga Volcano

By Paul Riegler on 29 August 2014
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DSC_0317Iceland reopened the airspace near a volcano late Friday after an eruption caused a closure shortly after midnight.  The country’s aviation warning was lowered to orange, the second highest level.

The Ministry of Civil Protection said that the amount of airborne ash material in the center of the country from the Bardarbunga volcano appeared to have been minimal but left warnings in place for flights under 5000 feet near the site of the eruption.

Earlier on Friday, airspace up to 18,000 feet in northern central Iceland was closed between the Vatnajokull glacier and the town of Akureyri.   The eruption took place in the Holuhraun lava field in that region, the ministry said.

In 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull led to a six-day closure of a significant part of European airspace

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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