Iceland's Met Office lowers risk level for Bardarbunga volcano

by Reuters
Sunday, 24 August 2014 12:38 GMT

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano, some 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) away, in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Johannsson

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Orange is still the highest level for the Bardarbunga volcano

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REYKJAVIK, Aug 24 (Reuters) - An Icelandic Met Office official said on Sunday it was lowering the risk level for the Bardarbunga volcano in central Iceland to orange from red, the highest level.

The decision came after the office said on its website earlier on Sunday that there were no signs of ongoing volcanic activity at Bardarbunga. The office had raised the risk level after detecting a small eruption under a nearby glacier. (Reporting by Robert Robetersson; writing by Niklas Pollard; editing by Andrew Roche)