REYKJAVIK, September 2 -- Icelandic scientists concluded on Monday there were three possibilities for the future development of the Bardarbunga volcano which is still charted in the color-code of orange for possible eruption, according to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).
Three possible scenarios were considered most likely in the Bardarbunga volcano situation after a discussion among officials and experts from the IMO and the Institute of Earth Sciences and representatives of the Civil Protection in Iceland at a meeting of the Advisory Board, said the IMO.
Other possibilities were not excluded by the attendees, such as an eruption inside the Bardarbunga caldera could also happen.
The IMO said, seismicity continues to migrate northward and was now concentrated on the 10 km long tip of the dike extending 5 km beyond the edge of the Dyngjujokull glacier.
The dike beneath Dyngjujokull was now believed to be 35 km long. Modeling of GPS data indicates that it contains about 300 million cubic meters of magma.
ROTTERDAM, August 24 -- Iceland has issued a red alert to aviation after indications of a possible eruption under the country's biggest glacier, the Vattnajokull.
The Icelandic Met Office warned that a small eruption had taken place under the Dyngjujokull ice cap.
Seismic activity is continuing at the Bardarbunga volcano, about 30km away. Airspace over the site has been closed, but all Icelandic airports currently remain open, authorities say. A Europe-wide alert has also been upgraded. European air safety agency Eurocontrol said it would produce a forecast of likely ash behaviour every six hours.
Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing ash that severely disrupted air travel. The red alert is the highest warning on the country's five-point scale. Flooding threatThe Icelandic Met Office said a team of scientists was flying across the region on Saturday afternoon to monitor seismic activity.
"The eruption is considered a minor event at this point," police said in a statement. "Because of pressure from the glacier cap, it is uncertain whether the eruption will stay sub-glacial or not."
24 aug. 07:09: 5,3 earthquake, 113km WNW of Hofn, Iceland, 5 km deep, at 64,686°,-17,351°
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