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Is there another Icelandic ash alert coming for Europe?

Bárðarbunga volcano map

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has raised the threat level to orange and issued this latest statement on a current earthquake swarm at the Bárðarbunga volcano (see above). Currently there is no sign of magma moving towards the surface. Here is the full report:

Icelandic Met Office logo

Since the onset of the earthquake swarm at Bárðarbunga on Saturday morning August 16 03:00am, around 2.600 earthquakes have been detected with the earthquake monitoring network of the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), of these around 950 since midnight (17/18th August). Several of these events were larger than magnitude 3. The swarm initially started in the Bárðarbunga caldera and has been migrating in two clusters towards the north and the east of the volcano.

On Sunday August 17, these two clusters were active east and north of Bárðarbunga. The activity in both clusters was migrating northeastwards. While the strongest events were located in the northern cluster, the highest number of events was detected in the eastern cluster. The strongest event since the onset of the swarm was detected on Monday morning 02:37 in the northern cluster. Detailed analysis revealed that its magnitude was 4.5 and it was felt in Akureyri and Lón. By Monday evening, activity has significantly decreased in the northern cluster.

The eastern cluster remains active. Two stronger pulses of activity have occurred between 10:45 and 12:00 as well as 16:50 and 17:30 this morning. Within the first pulse around noon, the cluster was again migrating northeastwards, most events are now located between Bárðarbunga and Kverkfjöll. As reported earlier, GPS ground deformation data has evidenced that the earthquake swarm is caused by magma intrusion.

Throughout the whole sequence until now (August 18 bat 20:45) the majority of events has been at 5-10km depth. No signs of migration towards the surface or any other signs of imminent or ongoing volcanic activity have been detected so far. IMO is monitoring the area around the clock very closely and will update in case of any changes.

Read the full story from Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Map: Google Maps.

Icelandair is facing another series of strikes, this time by its mechanics, introduces a new safety video

Icelandair (Keflavik) which is currently in extended negotiations with its pilots for a new contract, is now facing a series of strikes by its mechanics, represented by the Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association (FVFI). The union has called for a strike against the company on June 16 and June 19 according to the Wall Street Journal. The company does not have a new contract for this union.

In other news, Icelandair recently premiered their new in-flight safety video (see below). Instead of falling in line with convention, they decided to take the opportunity to produce a film that not only underlines the importance of safety, but that also engages passengers with a sense of curiosity and Icelandic beauty. Indeed, being safe has rarely looked so beautiful.

Inspired by Iceland itself, the new safety video includes Iceland’s nature as the stunning backdrop to the traditional and important safety message presented to all passengers. For example, emergency lighting takes on a new, non-threatening identity when compared to the northern lights, and assuming the brace position becomes a calm and collected maneuver when waking up after a long relaxing slumber by the lulling shores of a lake.

The safety video was written and produced by Islenska Ad Agency and directed by Pegasus. Showcasing Iceland’s hot spots of nature and beauty, filming took place on location around Iceland, including Jokulsarlon, Thkgil canyon, Fjadrargljufur gorge, Thorsmork National Park and Eyjafjoll, close to Eyjafjallajokull.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-308 TF-FIX (msn 29434) completes its final approach to the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

Icelandair: AG Slide Show