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Sub-glacial eruption underway at Bardarbunga volcano

A sub-glacial eruption has been underway at the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland, raising the Icelandic met office’s advice to aviation to a red alert. The ash from a volcanic eruption could affect flights to and from Shetland. When the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, it produced an ash cloud that severely disrupted air travel, including flights to and from Shetland, and it dropped ash on various areas of Shetland with the smell of sulphur detectable. However since then the UK Civil Aviation Authority has studied the evidence of 2010 and it has relaxed its rules to allow flights in areas with a low density of volcanic ash.