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Eruption Pollution at Record Level – Residents Warned

The eruption area north of Bárðarbunga is shaking less than it has been although a quake of magnitude 4.7 occurred on the northern rim of the volcano’s crater at midnight. The eruption and lava flow seem to be similar as they have been in recent days.

Pollution is at its highest level. In Reyðarfjörður on the east coast sulfur dioxide measured 4,000 µg/​cubicmeter just before 11 pm on Friday night, according to All residents in the area are advised to keep inside, close window and raise the heat in ovens to keep the air pressure greater inside. Everyone should follow how the measurements develop, but they have been fluctuating widely. According to the warnings any measurements above 3,000 µg/​cubicmeter is considered unhealthy. This is by far the highest readings in Iceland since the Icelandic Met Office started recording sulfur dioxide pollution in 1970.

According to the Environmental Agency of Iceland, one resident of Reyðarfjörður described the pollution level as like standing behind a truck and inhaling the fumes. The man complained of a sore throat, an eye irritation and a headache.

Before midnight the level dropped to 200 µg/​cubicmeter, but the Environmental Agency says more peaks are to be expected.

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