Iceland Volcanic Eruption Risk Raised to Orange

Added 19/08/2014

The risk of a volcanic eruption in Iceland has increased with the Bardarbunga volcano showing signs of on-going magma movement according to Iceland’s meteorological office.

This has resulted in the risk level to the aviation industry being raised to orange, the second highest level on the scale.

The aviation colour codes indicate the level of risk posed to air travel, with an orange alert warning that a volcano is showing escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, or is erupting without any major volcanic ash emissions.

Increased seismic activity began at the Bardarbunga volcano on 16 August and there was an earthquake in the area on Monday.

No doubt the aviation industry will be taking this warning seriously and monitoring the situation closely after the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in April 2010 resulted in an ash cloud which closed European airspace for several days, with hundreds of thousands of passengers disrupted.

Travel insurance for volcanic eruptions

For extra protection against the risk of a volcanic eruption disrupting your holiday you can add Natural Catastrophe cover to your travel insurance policy.

Natural Catastrophe Cover (volcanic ash) is designed to enhance your policy by providing cover for cancellation, delay and additional expenses incurred due to catastrophic and unexpected events such as volcanic ash clouds and other natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes.

Natural Catastrophe cover (volcanic ash) can be added to all single trip or annual travel insurance policies.

Natural Catastrophe Cover purchased whilst the aviation colour code risk is set at orange or below will provide cover in accordance with the terms and conditions of the policy if the Bardarbunga volcano erupts and causes disruption to your trip. Please see your policy wording for full details of cover.

Natural Catastrophe Cover purchased once the alert has been changed to red will not provide cover if the Bardarbunga volcano erupts.

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