Bardarbunga Eruption Today: Iceland’s Met Office Changes Aviation Code From Red to Orange

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has revised their red alert status to orange.

The red alert status was given earlier in light of a small eruption near the Bardarbunga volcano.

The Met Office (NM) notes that while lava eruption is in progress, there are no ashclouds to be seen.

NM also states that: “There is currently a danger area established from SFC up to FL050” and they are “monitoring the situation.”


See an earlier AP report about the eruption.

Icelandic Officials Say Eruption Near Bardarbunga

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.

The eruption took place the Holuhraun lava field, north of Dyngjujoekull glacier, Iceland’s Meteorological Office said. The event was described as being not highly explosive — and thus not producing much of the fine ash that can affect aircraft engines.

“If this eruption persists it could become a tourist attraction, as it will be relatively safe to approach, although the area is remote,” said David Rothery, a professor of Planetary Geosciences at The Open University in Britain. “This event should not be seen as ‘relieving the pressure’ on Bardarbunga itself, nor is it a clear precursor sign of an impending Bardarbunga eruption.”

Icelandic Air Traffic Control has closed the airspace over the volcano from the ground up to 18,000 feet (5,486 meters). All of the country’s airports remain open.

In 2010, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano erupted and sparked a week of international aviation chaos, with thousands of flights canceled. Aviation officials closed Europe’s air space for five days, fearing that volcanic ash could harm jet engines.