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Date: Saturday, 23-Aug-2014 11:10:51
Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely.
The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small sub-glacial eruption is under way at Bardarbunga.
On Wednesday, authorities evacuated an area close to the volcano over fears it could erupt.
Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing an ash cloud that severely disrupted air travel.
The red alert is the highest warning on the country's five-point scale.
Bardarbunga is part of a large volcano system hidden beneath the 500-metre (0.31-mile) thick Vatnajokull glacier in central Iceland.
Bárðarbunga (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈbaurðarbuŋka]), Bardarbunga (Anglophone spelling), is a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland. The second highest mountain in Iceland, 2,009 metres (6,591 ft) above sea level, it is also part of a volcanic system that is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) long and 25 kilometres (16 mi) wide.