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Iceland Volcano: Time to Clean up

Everyone in Europe knows about the volcanic ash that has been postponing flights for days. The damage is not only in the air because ash has fallen on farms in south Iceland. This can damage fields of grass, but first indications seem to be that the damage is limited. The ash has however caused discomfort in animals and even people.


Rescue squad cleaning the roof of a farm south of Eyjafjallajökull. Photo: Benedikt Jóhannesson/Iceland Review

The fine dust had a way of creeping into houses, even when doors and windows were closed. Many volunteers have helped with the cleaning up, both outdoors and indoors. Iceland review when to the area on Thursday and the layer of ash seemed to be thin in most places. The roads were slippery and the ash turned into mud in the rain.


Thorvaldseyri earlier this week. Photo: Benedikt Jóhannesson/Iceland Review

The greatest damage was at the farms that were flooded in the first day of the eruption. Thorvaldseyri is one of the renowned farms in the south. The farmer, Ólafur Eggertsson, has been experimenting with cornfields. Now he and other farms in the vicinity talk of selling the cattle because there will not be enough hay after next summer.

Others are determined to fight on despite the harm the volcano has done their farms. The volcano seems to be calming down and is now mostly spewing lava instead of ash.

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