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Grímsvötn Eruption Emergency Level Drops to Danger

By Iceland Review

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police decided yesterday in cooperation with the police chiefs in Hvolsvöllur and Eskifjördur to lower the Civil Protection Department’s level of preparedness because of the eruption in Grímsvötn down from emergency to danger.


The early hours of the eruption on May 21. Photo by Gyst. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

There is still explosive activity in the southern edge of the crater and there is still some volcanic activity in Grímsvötn as a flight patrol confirmed yesterday evening, reports.

There is no ash fall except in the immediate area around the crater and so it is still risky to move too close to it. Not much ash has been carried away with the wind and no lightning or rumbles have been reported.

Series of disturbances are still being picked up by earthquake sensors up to 200 kilometers away from Grímsvötn. Very little ice seems to have melted during the eruption and so a flood is not imminent.

Click here for general information about the eruption in Grímsvötn from Promote Iceland.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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