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Glacial Outburst Flood in Skaftá River

A glacial outburst flood seems to be commencing in Skaftá river in South Iceland; Skaftárjökull, a valley glacier off Vatnajökull glacier east of Langisjór, a higland lake at Vatnajökull’s southwestern borders, is the source of the outburst.


Skaftá river.

The police urge travelers to stay clear off the river source or near shallow banks due to the traces of hydrogen sulphide in the river; it can damage the mucous membrane in the eyes and respiratory tract. Experts are keeping an eye on further progress of the glacial outburst, reported about an hour ago.

The Civil Protection Department warns traveler that Skaftártunguvegur road may go under by Hvammur area and the road in Skaftárdalur may become closed to traffic. During the previous glacial outburst the road in the Hólaskjól area in Thórsmörk in the northern parts of the Fjallabaksleid were flooded.

The last glacier outburst flood occurred last summer.


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