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Earthquakes over 5 magnitude shake Iceland volcano

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude - the biggest yet - shook Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano Sunday after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent.

Iceland's Meteorological Office recorded earthquakes of 5.3 and 5.1 in the early hours. It said there were no signs of an eruption.

The volcano, underneath Iceland's vast Vatnajokull glacier, has been rattled by thousands of small earthquakes over the past week.

Icelandic Volcano Alert Level Raised, Starts Erupting

On Saturday scientists reported a small eruption under the ice, but it was not visible on the surface, and the Met Office later said it appeared to have stopped.

Authorities have declared a no-fly zone of 100 nautical miles by 140 nautical miles (185 kilometers by 260 kilometers) around the epicenter as a precaution.

A 2010 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled. Aviation officials closed Europe's air space for five days out of fear that volcanic ash could harm jet engines.

Any new eruption is likely to be less disruptive. European aviation authorities have changed their policy, giving airlines detailed information about the location and density of ash clouds but leaving decisions to airlines and national regulators.

Britain's National Air Traffic Service said it was monitoring what it called a "dynamic situation" but was expecting normal operations Sunday.

The agency said it was using alternative flight paths across the Atlantic as a precaution.

Virgin Atlantic said a London-to-San Francisco flight took a slight detour Saturday to avoid Iceland's no-fly zone.

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Mike August 24 2014 at 9:30 AM

Fortunately, Icelanders have elves to protect them.

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loretta Mike August 24 2014 at 2:17 PM

are you serious because I am

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jltjt9 Mike August 24 2014 at 11:07 PM

Earth has always gone through periods of heating as a result of increased volcanic activity.

The sun is responsible when it goes through its cycles and the RING OF FIRE which stretches from California, to Alaska and the Japan.

That is why in the past CO 2 emisions were elevated when the earth warmed as there were no automobiles or factories but rather purely natural events.

Yes, the earth is warming and there is an increase of volcanic activity but this has nothing to do with any human activities.

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Mike Keefer jltjt9 August 24 2014 at 11:42 PM

Volcanoes are not a good source of CO2. They are usually a good source of sulfides however. That is why when Pinatubo erupted in 1991 the sulfied it shot into the stratosphere resulted in a temporary one degree Fahreneit cooling of the Earth's average global temperature. It had NO significant impact on the CO2 concentration of the Earth's atmosphere. Could not even see it on the charts.
To get great CO2 increases in the past took massive eruptions like the Siberian Traps that erupted for hundreds of thousands of years. That one, after that sulfied rained out, ran the temperatures WAY up and resulted in the Permian extinction.

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quincy_maxwell August 24 2014 at 12:30 PM

would you ignorant, stupid, hate-filled people pleas stop with the politics on every, single article? Sheesh people..what the hell is wrong with you?

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rcpaf83 August 24 2014 at 9:54 AM

Don't tell Al Gore and the "Greenies" that the atmosphere is being polluted once again !!!

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schlauger1 rcpaf83 August 24 2014 at 1:49 PM

I'll tell him and all concerned that from what I gather, humans are screwing up the Earth.

Look at satellite pictures, the deforestation, rampant air pollution by 3rd World countries, and our own contributions..

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Lindsay rcpaf83 August 24 2014 at 3:56 PM

More stupidness from your ilk.

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Sparky5229 August 24 2014 at 10:05 AM

I have been to Iceland ,nice people beautiful country ,not that cold ,but to many VOLCANOS .

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donlorgabriel August 24 2014 at 12:20 PM

Iceland was built from Volcanos over millions of years ago ,and still growing.

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Richard August 24 2014 at 11:56 AM

I had the pleasure of going to Keflavik Iceland years ago. Wonderfully beautiful country, just a little too cold for me though. I wish all the Icelanders well.

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Viper1ex19 August 24 2014 at 11:14 AM

**Climate Change**
Hurry,, create another government agency and raise our taxes so it will stop!!

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schlauger1 Viper1ex19 August 24 2014 at 1:55 PM

Hurry, and do something about it, no matter if it is private concerns or the government. It is a critical problem.

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Viper1ex19 Viper1ex19 August 24 2014 at 4:57 PM

Theres not a damn thing you're going to do about it [period] government or private... its nature taking its course.

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naojf22936 August 24 2014 at 10:26 AM


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chuck August 24 2014 at 12:47 PM

are the libs blaming it on global warming yet?

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KILO ROCK BRAVO chuck August 24 2014 at 1:41 PM

Absolutly, upchuck, your ability to adhere to the facts of a given story is truely a superior skill set. I would also suggest we initiate an in depth analysis of the field of MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, which of course would naturaly lead any intellectually competent individual to a critisisim of the Lliberal something or other, POTUS, or the great news plot. I mean that's the only path a facile thinking individual would persue, And those damn phoney commie GEOLOGIST'S, some secret stuff going on there.......Right Cretin?

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accordmee KILO ROCK BRAVO August 24 2014 at 7:57 PM

Thank you Kilo, you took some of the words right out of my mouth. The ones you didn't take were worse than the nice ones that you used.

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oujoou August 24 2014 at 1:09 PM

I was roommates with an Icelandic guy who's family had produced 5 prime ministers. Iceland is a beautiful nation. He said it's the opposite of what people might think about a nation named 'Iceland.' 'Greenland' is the uninhabitable one. Go figure. :)

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onionson oujoou August 24 2014 at 2:07 PM

Go figure? If you went to school with that guy you both should know why the two countries have their names. It's the same reason we don't give out names or the correct names of good restaurants in the big city. If you do you will soon find yourself standing in a long line to get in.

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hokanut onionson August 24 2014 at 6:08 PM

Bingo. And in Iceland the population is not third world. Crime is next to nill. The Prime Ministers house is accessible to anyone. You could walk up to the front door and ring the bell. He may even answer the door. Try that in a country that lets anyone cross it's borders.

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