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Iceland Volcano Webcam Gets Eight Million Visits

People from all around the world have watched the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull through the webcams established by telecommunications company Míla—since the eruption began the webcams have gotten around eight million visits and 21 million page views.

A screenshot from the Míla webcam.

Sigurrós Jónsdóttir, divisional manager at Míla, told Morgunbladid that there have been visitors from almost every country in the world.

Recently the first visitors from Svalbard, an island located midway between Norway and the North Pole, and the Saharan desert logged on to Míla’s webcams.

Visits from Britain reached 800,000 on Tuesday, visits from the United States were 636,000 and visits from each of the Nordic countries were approximately 270,000.

There are many more visits from the outside world than from Iceland, although Icelanders are also paying attention to the development of the eruption through Míla’s webcams.

Whenever new features are introduced, like a thermal camera earlier this month, the number of visits shoots up.

Jónsdóttir said the company has received many emails and also handwritten letters from viewers; some people use Google Translate to translate their letters to Icelandic, which is often a very entertaining read.

Recently Míla received a peculiarly-phrased handwritten letter in Icelandic with pictures from a viewer in Moscow, who thanked the company for its live broadcasts of the eruption and said even his cats watched it.

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