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Iceland issues red alert after new eruption near volcano

Earlier this week, airspace was closed near the volcano after an eruption on the glacier.

ICELAND HAS ISSUED a new red alert after another eruption near the Bardarbunga volcano.

The fissure eruption is in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajokull.

The Icelandic Met Office said on its Facebook page:

The eruptive fissure… is longer than in the last eruption and more quiet.

10417789_760891397311759_6190097143642702816_n Source: Icelandic met office via Facebook

Earlier this week, airspace was closed up to 5,000 feet in the area of an eruption close to the volcano.

After a number of hours, the airspace was reopened.

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management tweeted this morning:

Here’s the view from a livestream near the volcano at the moment:

iceland volcano

The University of Iceland tweeted this incredible photograph:

The Bardarbunga volcano system was hit by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. It was the most powerful eruption in 18 years.

This led to fears of an eruption that might disrupt air traffic over Iceland.

Additional reporting - © AFP, 2014

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