5.7 quake hits volatile Iceland volcano

“Activity is still deep and we see no signs of anything close to the surface,” expert Palni Erlendsson said, despite Iceland lowering its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry from red to orange on Sunday.

5.7 quake hits volatile Iceland volcano

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Icelandic volcano continues to spread fear across Europe as experts warn it could erupt at any time, potentially causing significant disruption to air travel.

Tremors began hitting the Bardarbunga volcano 10 days ago, the most recent being the most powerful tremor to hit it to date, the country's Meteorological Office said on Tuesday.

Palni Erlendsson, a geologist at the Meteorological Office, said a 5.7 quake hit the volcano on Monday night, which was described as “the largest in this series.”

“Activity is still deep and we see no signs of anything close to the surface,” the expert said, despite Iceland lowering its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry from red to orange on Sunday.

Seismic activity under the glacier on Sunday had not led to a volcanic eruption, but scientists believe the earthquakes are a result of magma flowing out from under the crater of the volcano, causing a change in pressure.

Magma could still reach the surface away from the glacier, probably leading to an eruption with limited explosive and ash-producing activity, scientists have said, warning that flooding could occur if the magma reaching the surface of the glacier.

Authorities have been on alert since increased movement at Iceland's largest volcano system this month triggered memories of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 that shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days.

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