The level of alert which had been issued on Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland has been lowered. Bardarbunga forms part of a volcanic system which lies beneath an ice cap in central part of the country.
The meteorological office in the Icelandic has changed its warning to orange from the initial red. This level of alert means that the aviation authorities can start contemplating if they should allow planes to fly over the area.
A volcanic eruption was seen overnight where an eruption that m covered about 1km commenced in a lava field which is located in a field that is located towards the north of the well known Vatnajokull glacier.
Recently, man y tremors hit the mountain. The country’s meteorological office said that since the amount of ash that was seen was at its lowest, the government found it prudent to downgrade the alert level which had been detect earlier.
Officials from the civil protection department said that the Air Traffic Control of Iceland had closed the airspace which is just above the area of the area of the eruption.
However, airlines can now fly over this location if they get the permission which they need from state aviation authorities.
As per a statement which was send by the Iceland’s Department of Civil protection,, the fissure eruption that was experienced took place between the Askja Caldera and the Dyngjujokull Glacier.
However, there are no reports of harsh coming out of the eruption, but white steams have been sighted.
In 2010, another volcano in Iceland erupted causing a huge chunk of European airspace to be closed. The 2010 eruption was reported to be the biggest since the Second World War two.
But according to Bjon Oddsson who works as a geophysicist with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency in Iceland, the current level of eruption was quite low and it cannot affect air travel in any way. He said that there is no ash in the vicinity of the volcanic eruption as well as in the air.
” All airports remain open and things are under full control,” Oddsson said.
Richard Westcott, a transport correspondent with a major media house said that even in the event of big clouds being experienced, there is no likelihood that it will cause massive interruptions to the aviation sector as it was the case in 2010. He said that since 2010, airlines and equipment manufacturers have been testing equipment that would make it easier for them to identify new clouds and fly around them.