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Employment Seekers to Assist with Ash Cleaning

An agreement will be signed today between municipalities in the area closest to the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Ministry of Social Affairs regarding a group of employment seekers assisting with ash cleaning in the area and other necessary projects.

The ash fall at its worst. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Approximately 200 inhabitants of the area attended a public meeting in Hvolsvöllur about the volcanic eruption yesterday and around 30 residents attended a meeting in Polish on the same topic. Scientists discussed various aspects of the eruption and its effects, Morgunbladid reports.

Elvar Eyvindsson, district manager of the municipality Rangárthing eystra, said the atmosphere at the meeting had been good.

People asked about the eruption patterns of the volcano and how it is expected to continue and also about the consequences of ash fall and subsequent air pollution.

At the meeting it was also mentioned that the Road Administration is preparing to repair the road to the highland resort of Thórsmörk, which was damaged in the flooding during the first days of the eruption, and that repairs would take four or five days.

However, Eyvindsson emphasized that the road would not be immediately opened to the public. There is now a lot of work ahead, he said, cleaning ash and assisting farmers with the projects on their farms.

The volcanic cloud from Eyjafjallajökull has been lower in the past days than what it was last week, which indicates that magma flow has decreased significantly.

The cloud reached a height of five kilometers yesterday and the magma flow is estimated to be less than 50 tons per second, as stated in a report presented by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Science yesterday.

“This is the third time that the volcanic activity has subsided. It is absolutely impossible to tell whether this reduction is the last one or not,” said geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson when asked whether this was an indication that the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is winding down.

Continued fluctuations in volcanic activity are predicted with variable ash fall. Yesterday, ash fall was only reported at one farm, Fljótsdalur, the innermost farm in the rural district of Fljótshlíd.

International flights to and from Iceland are on schedule today and the outlook for domestic flights is good, although there are currently no flights to Egilsstadir in the east due to ash fall and to the Westman Islands in the south due to foggy conditions, ruv.is reports.

The Meteorological Office is predicting ash fall to the northeast of the eruption site today.

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