1 SEPTEMBER 2014
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A small volcanic eruption in the Bárðarbunga volcano system of Iceland that started in the early hours of Friday had stopped and all airspace restrictions have been lifted.
Earlier in the day the Icelandic Meteorological Office reduced its ash warning level for aviation from red to orange after concluding the eruption posed no threat to aircraft.
"A fissure eruption which started at midnight at Holuhraun lava north of Vatnajökull glacier, ended at around 04:00 UTC," the National Crisis Coordination Centre said in a statement. "The fissure has been estimated to be 600 metres long and is situated 5km north of Dyngjujokull glacier in north-Vatnajökull glacier."
It said that there continued to be seismic activity in the area.
Reykjavik's Met Office said that in the early hours of Friday, a fissure eruption began in a lava field north of the Vatnajökull glacier, which covers part of the Bárðarbunga system. There have been no signs of ash of the Eyjafjallajökull magnitude eruption that caused the closure of much of Europe's air space in 2010. http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes
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