Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began a small volcanic eruption as lava burst out underneath the Europe’s largest glacier. In response, the government closed the airspace around the volcano, triggering fears of air chaos.
Iceland has issued aviation red alerts for Bardarbunga and authorities have evacuated the remote area 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of the capital of Reykjavik.
Following conflicting reports, the Icelandic Met Office confirmed the eruption under the Dyngjujökull glacier icecap in the northern part of Vatnajökull glacier.
The local authorities are keeping the country’s airspace open, but have declared a no-fly zone of 100 nautical miles by 140 nautical miles around the eruption zone.
But, the no-fly zone could be expanded if the eruption melts the ice and spews volcanic ash.