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Iceland volcano risk of eruption remains at 'orange'

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Iceland volcano risk of eruption remains at 'orange'


Iceland has kept the risk level for an eruption of its Bardarbunga volcano at orange, the second-highest level of significance.

Local earthquakes have caused a nearby glacier to crack, causing red-hot lava to spout through.

Huge clouds of smoke – mostly vapour and gas, rather than ash, which is dangerous for planes – could be seen coming out of the volcano.

Four years ago it was a different volcano that erupted,spreading an ash cloud and shutting down much of Europe’s airspace for around a week.

The risk of an ash cloud this time round would depend on three main factors: how high any ash would be thrown, how much ash there would be, and how fine-grained it would be.

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