Iceland issues aviation warning due to earthquakes around volcano

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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – Iceland volcano watchers have put out a warning for airlines because of a high number of earthquakes around the Bardarbuna volcano.

The volcano is one of the largest in Iceland and sits beneath Europe’s largest glacier. It hasn’t blown since 1996. But with all the seismic activity in the past few days, Iceland has raised its aviation alert level to Orange, the second-highest.

The last big eruption in Iceland was from the Grimsvoltn volcano in 2011. It caused airlines to cancel flights in Scotland, northern England and Germany.

And an eruption at another Iceland volcano in 2010 caused the cancelation of 100,000 flights because of the chance bits of lava and other debris would get into jet engines.

If Bardarbungo blows, make sure you take a good look, because this is global warming, up close and personal.

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