There has been an increase in the rate earthquakes and they are happening so quickly that even the seismologist finds it difficult to discern individual events, said a Reykjavik based agency in a statement on the website. The activity is continuing and the eruption hence can’t be ruled out.
The Bardarbunga volcano has a width of 25kms and a height of 1,900 meters above the sea level. Last the eruption of it was seen in the year 1996 and could spew both molten lava as well as ash. The volcano lies beneath the largest glacier of Europe, Vatnajokull. The roads to and from the area are close and today, the Coast Guard was scheduled to fly over the area with scientists from Iceland University and people from Civil Protection Agency.
Owing to the ash from the Grimsvotn volcano of Iceland, there were flight cancellations in Germany, Northern England and Scotland in May 2011. Due to an eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in April 2010, there were more than 100,000 flights that were cancelled. This was because there was a concern of glass like particles forming from lava being melt in clog turbines and aircraft engines.
The aviation color code was raised to orange by Met Office of Island on the 18th of August. This indicated escalating and heightened unrest with increased potential of eruption from Bardarbunga. The agency continues noting that no visible indications of eruption are seen.
Husavik is the closest town to the Volcano in the north of the Island and has around 2,200 inhabitants, as per Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration.
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