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Eruption Alert at Stage One: Uncertain

alertAn Earthquake of 2.8 on the Richter scale was detected at 5 PM on Monday. The Public safety commission has declared the first stage of preparation for an eruption in Grímsvötn: Uncertainty. This is the lowest of three stages for the preparation for natural disasters. According to mbl.is this stage involves no limitations on travel but heightened cooperation between organizations and a smoother transfer of information.

The Public safety commission sent out the following statement on Monday afternoon: “A meeting was held on the Science board today in light of the latest events in Iceland. Earthquakes, eruptions and glacial river floods were on the agenda. Grímsvötn were a special item on the agenda because of a flood that started on Sunday. Glacial river floods have started eruptions in Grímsvötn before, the last one being in 2004. Therefore, it was decided to declare the lowest stage of alert, the so-called stage of uncertainty, for now nature has taken a course that may later threaten public safety, the environment or property. At this stage cooperation between institutions and the PSA will begin. Observations, research, observation and estimation are increased. “

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