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Increased Threat of Iceland Volcanic Eruption


Iceland’s meteorological office has warned of an increased risk of volcanic eruption in the country after the Bardabunga volcano has shown signs of on-going magma movement.

The risk level to the aviation industry has been increased to orange, which means that a volcano is showing escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, or is erupting without any major volcanic ash emissions.

The aviation colour codes give an indication of the risk of disruption to air travel, orange is the second highest level of risk.

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

The aviation industry watching the situation in Iceland closely after the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in April 2010 resulted in an ash cloud which closed European airspace for several days.

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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