Bardarbunga volcano area closed for fear of possible eruption
Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano which caused a major loss for airlines in 2010 due to eruption has been announced as a potential threat and as a result, the area surrounding it has been closed by the authorities.
The area is located about 300 kms from the capital city of Reykjavik. Although it has no permanent residents, it is a big attraction among tourists. The area is located in a national park area where tourist visits are on the rise.
Since Tuesday, Geologists have observed more than 300 earthquakes in the area which says that the volcano is in the danger of eruption. The volcano itself is below an ice cap and an eruption will melt the glacier causing a flood in the area. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano exploded in 2010 and the air traffic in the area had to be completely stopped due to a high density of volcanic ash in the area resulting in a major loss of over £1.3-2.2bn at that time.
Iceland’s meteorological office has marked the risk level as orange which means it is marked four on a scale of five posing serious threat to the area. Around 300 people were evacuated from the area as the volcano is thought to be escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption. Following the closure, a cloud of criticism arose as the flights scheduled to transit over the area are also interrupted.
Responding to the criticisms, UK’s civil aviation authority has relaxed the rules and now allows the planes in the areas where the volcanic ash is only found in a low density. Although the volcano was found to be stable on Wednesday, geologists continue to warn that it could explode any time which is why the authorities have to observe strict policies about letting people enter the area.