Iceland’s Met Office has raised its risk level for an eruption at Bardarbunga volcano to orange, the second-highest level.
This is a harsh reminder of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which erupted just four years ago. Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption shut down much of Europe’s airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1.7 billion.
Met Office seismologist Martin Hensch said the risk of a Bardarbunga eruption causing similar disruptions would depend on the amount of ash, how high it rises, and how fine-grained it is.
Bardarbunga, the country’s largest volcanic system, is located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland. According to Wikipedia, it covers more than 8 percent of the country.