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Ash Clears in Large Area, Travel Ban Lifted

Ash has stared to clear in a large area around Kirkjubaejarklaustur and in the rural districts Sída and Fljótshverfi. The police have permitted people to travel from the area to the west—many tourists have taken advantage of the lifting of the travel ban.

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This photo was taken while the area was still dark because of the ash fall. Photo by Monique Starr.

A 17-person group who were staying at Hótel Núpar decided to leave as ash had started to seep into the hotel and there were no dust masks available. A large group who stayed at Kirkjubaejarklaustur also traveled westwards, ruv.is reports.

Since the ash started to clear, search and rescue team members have used the opportunity to continue to distribute dust masks and protective goggles to people in the area. They have also assisted farmers with farm work.

This morning it was completely dark in the area around Kirkjubaejarklaustur but in the early afternoon the dust started to settle. There is now a one-centimeter ash cover on the ground.

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