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    RED ALERT - Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Warning To Red


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    A surge in seismic activity has caused Iceland to raise the aviation alert for its Bardarbunga volcano from orange to red.

    Code red indicates that eruptions are imminent or underway that could disperse clouds of ash and dust into the flight paths of jet aircraft, threatening safe air travel.

    Thousands of mini earthquakes rattled the volcano deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier over the past week, causing authorities to evacuate several hundred people from an area north of the glacier.

    An eruption in 2010 of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled.

    Aviation regulators since have reformed policies about flying through ash, so a new eruption would be unlikely to cause that much disruption.

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