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Ash Fall Subsides in South Iceland Village

There was no ash fall in Vík in south Iceland last night and into this morning and air pollution is now below the danger limit. However, the local elementary school and kindergarten will remain closed today while the facilities are cleaned.

The ash fall in south Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Principal Magnús Saemundsson told ruv.is that the current situation is good, although there is still a significant amount of ash in the village and that it begins swirling around as soon as the wind picks up.

According to Morgunbladid, around one third of Vík’s 300 inhabitants left their homes over the weekend due to ash fall and air pollution.

Cleaning began as soon as the worst ash fall was over. Emphasis was placed on cleaning the surrounding area of the school so that it can reopen tomorrow.

Yesterday horses in the vicinity of Vík were brought to safety and farmers in the region were assisted with lambing.

“Now when lambing is in full swing, we have to establish fences and sheepfolds,” said Gudmundur Ingi Ingason, a police officer working at the service center of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.

The animals have to be kept inside while the ash fall persists. The Icelandic Meteorological Office is predicting ash fall below the Eyjafjöll mountain range from Hvammur to Skógar today and tomorrow and to the east of the volcano on Wednesday and Thursday.

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