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UPDATE: Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

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FILE: 2010 Iceland eruption that forced 100,000 flight cancellations FILE: 2010 Iceland eruption that forced 100,000 flight cancellations

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Iceland has lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red, saying there is no sign of an eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano.

The Civil Protection Department says seismic activity continues at the subglacial volcano, which has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the past week.

Iceland had raised the alert Saturday to red, the highest level, warning that an ash-emitting eruption could be imminent.

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Iceland's Meteorological Office says a subglacial eruption is underway at the Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes over the past week.

Vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer says seismic data indicates that lava is melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier.

She said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt the ice and send steam and ash into the air.

Iceland raised its aviation alert for the volcano to the highest level of red on Saturday, indicating an eruption that could cause "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere."

In 2010 a volcanic eruption in Iceland forced the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights worldwide.
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