Smell something burning? It might be your travel plans.
Two volcanic eruptions in Iceland last weekend are wreaking havoc for end-of-summer vacationers. The Bardabunga volcano displayed some relatively mild activity on Friday, but by Sunday was gushing lava at a rate of 1,000 cubic metres per second.
As a result, the Icelandic Meteorological Office was forced to issue the highest aviation warning possible (red) once there were concerns of ash spewing into the sky. Once experts realized that wasn’t happening, they lowered the warning level one notch to orange, where it remains now.
Nonetheless, a no-fly zone is still in effect within three nautical miles around the volcano. It’s still unclear how this is impacting individual flights at large, but officials say the situation is contained. At the very least, it likely won’t be as disruptive as the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul, where more than 100,000 flights had to be cancelled.
So while you’re waiting for your plane to get the green light, why don’t you check out these spectacular images of what’s holding you up?
This volcano is about to mess up your travel plans (but it looks cool)
The Bardabunga volcanoIceland's largest volcanic system, which measures 190 km long and up to 25 km wide, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks. Experts believe the seismic activity is what triggered much of the volatile activity over the weekend.Reuters
The Bardabunga volcanoMagma can be seen here along a fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier. Reuters
The Bardabunga volcanoProbably best not to fly through this anyway, right? Reuters
The Bardabunga volcanoSteam and smoke are seen rising following an eruption. Reuters
The Bardabunga volcanoIt's almost starting to look peaceful, isn't it? Reuters