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Iceland Volcano Blows at Full Force, Endangers Sheep

There was significant force in the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier yesterday and the volcanic cloud reached a height of nine kilometers, which is considerably higher than on Wednesday.

Volcanic activity is stable and there are no indications that the eruption is coming to an end, Morgunbladid reports.

Meanwhile, sheep in south Iceland must be kept inside due to ash fall. Living in tight quarters for a long time compromises the animals’ health—some newborn lambs have died.

Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir, district veterinarian in south Iceland, said it cannot be stated with absolute certainty that the lambs were killed due to overcrowded sheepfolds.

However, overcrowding can cause various infections and diseases, such as bowel infection, swollen udders in ewes and kidney diseases in lambs. On the other hand, fluorine poisoning from the volcanic ash can also be hazardous.

Andrésdóttir said it is important that farmers report illnesses in sheep. If their animals are killed, a certification is the basis for payment from the Farmers’ Emergency Fund.

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