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    Aug 26, 2014

    Planes get green light as eruption fears ease


    ICELAND removed a ban on air traffic around the nation's largest volcanic system on Sunday after fears of an eruption subsided.

    The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said there had not been a small, subglacial eruption on Saturday, as previously announced, and lowered the alert over the Bardarbunga volcano from red to orange.

    "Presently, there are no signs of ongoing volcanic activity," the IMO said on its website.

    A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano, located under a glacier, could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another Icelandic peak blew four years ago, creating a massive ash cloud across Europe.

    The red alert level put in place on Saturday led to the closure of airspace in the affected area, although all airports in the country remained open.

    Seismic activity remains high in the area, with more than 700 tremors recorded on Saturday night.

    Early on Sunday, the strongest earthquakes of the current seismic cycle shook Bardarbunga.