The Icelandic Meteorological Office reports that a fissure eruption has occurred at the near the site of the Bárðarbunga volcano, meaning magma has cracked the surface. Earlier this week the volcano erupted under the glacier level, leading authorities to stop air travel over the area. Now the volcano is erupting for real at the Holuhraun Lava Field, though officials described the eruption as being small.
According to RÚV, lava started pouring out of a 100-meter fissure at around 8 p.m. EST, or midnight local time. The Meteorological Office raised the aviation warning level from orange to red, though no volcanic ash has been reported:
For the curious, Icelandic site Mila has two live feeds of the eruption streaming, taken from about 15-to-20 miles away from the eruption. Currently the feeds are pitch black, and it appears that the eruption has died down.
While a lot of people are hoping for some spectacular images, airlines are anxiously hoping Bárðarbunga doesn't flare up more. In 2010 Eyjafjallajökull, another Icelandic volcano, erupted, sending giant clouds of volcanic ash into the air and grounding flights across the Atlantic Ocean for days. So far Bárðarbunga doesn't seem to be another travel nightmare.