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Fog, Not Ash, in Iceland’s Capital

Not much volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption site is expected to drift across Iceland’s capital region today. Conditions are currently foggy but there is no ash haze in Reykjavík at the moment, meteorologists point out.

Ash haze by Seljalandsfoss waterfall in south Iceland while the volcano was still active. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

On Friday there was considerable ash drift and consequential air pollution in the capital. Car owners noticed how their vehicles became dirty, as if they had been driving on gravel roads in the countryside.

Rafn Karlsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office told that currently there is not much wind and therefore ash is not being whirled up in south Iceland.

The weather there is also clear. The current visibility is 30 kilometers at Vatnsgardshólar, west of Vík. “That is considered good,” Karlsson said, adding that Eyjafjallajökull was quiet last night.

There is still some unrest in the area and the eruption has yet to officially be declared over.

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