He had planned to drive from Thórsmörk last night, but was ordered to stay in the hut at Básar. More than a 100 people were at Básar when police decided to transport all who wished to leave out of the area. Rivers had started to grow and travel to the area is not deemed safe.
Gardarsson was not experiencing his first contact with eruptions. The Westman isles eruption in 1973 started a few hundred meters from his bedroom window. This time it was even closer. He was about 200 meters from the start of the new row of craters.
“People did not seem to realize that this could be dangerous.” At first it seemed like a very small lave stream from the ground, but grew fast.
Two craters. From the Mila web camera at Fimmvörduháls.