An eruption has occurred at the site of the volcano Bárðarbunga. At the moment, it is still a sub-glacial eruption, meaning that there is no visible evidence of it, such as a plume or smoke. For now it is beneath the surface of the Dyngjujökull icecap in the northern part of the Vatnajokull glacier, scientists at the Icelandic Met Office say.
There has not been any need to evacuate nearby towns as the eruption is not above the surface, however the area has been blocked off to travelers and the air space in the surrounding region has been restricted.
It remains to be seen what will happen as a result of this preliminary eruption. The area is being closely monitored and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has determined that the level of emergency is now in the red phase. Locals living in nearby towns have been advised to pay close attention to updates. At this time it is considered a small-scale eruption.