Iceland Volcano Eruption Unlikely to Close EU Airspace

World | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 10:44|  views

A file picture dated 21 May 2011 shows the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in the south-east of Iceland. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, Iceland finds itself on high alert over its Bardarbunga volcano. Photo by EPA/BGNES

A possible eruption of Iceland's biggest glacier, the Vattnajokull, is unlikely to prompt severe traffic disruptions, a EU source has explained.

Vattnajokull is also the country's second-highest peak.

The source, however, has added that air traffic might be disrupted as some EU member states might take the step.

Comments quoted by public broadcaster BNR came after indications of small-scale seismic and volcanic activity at another volcano, Bardarbunga.

Authorities in Iceland say that airports are currently open, though a Europe-wide alert is in force, according to the BBC.

They have added as well that the eruption observed at another volcano this week "is considered a minor event".

In 2010, Eyjafjallajokull erupted in Iceland, leaving the EU's airspace sealed off.

Bulgaria was also affected by the events, with its air traffic brought to standstill for days.

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Tags: Vattnajokull, Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland, Bardarbunga, EU, airspace, Bulgaria, air traffic

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