Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga eruption begins

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano. The threat of an eruption has increased, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, with 'intense seismic activity' and 'ongoing magma movement.' (Sigtryggur Johannsson/Reuters)
A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano. The threat of an eruption has increased, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, with ‘intense seismic activity’ and ‘ongoing magma movement.’ (Sigtryggur Johannsson/Reuters)

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, located deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, in the last week. Seismic data indicated that magma from the volcano was melting ice beneath the glacier’s Dyngjujokull icecap, Meteorological Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said.

The remote area, 320 kilometres east of the capital of Reykjavik, is uninhabited.

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