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Kópasker Residents Told to Stay Indoors

The Department of Civil Protection has advised all people in the village of Kópasker, Northeast Iceland, and surrounding areas to stay indoors, close the windows and turn up the radiators due to high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution from the eruption. There is no pollution monitoring station in the area but a haze could be detected, ruv.is reports.

The Icelandic Met Office updated its pollution forecast earlier today. The area now considered likely to be affected by the pollution is by Bárðardalur to the west and to Hólasandur/Melrakkaslétta in the east. The pollution is expected to drift to Mývatn in the west and to Vopnafjörður in the west this evening. Tomorrow lighter westerly winds are expected to bring the pollution to Vopnafjörður and south towards Djúpivogur.

People are advised to use periods of good air quality to ventilate their house. Measurements of air quality can be found on the webpage loftgaedi.is. The Icelandic Met Office issues warnings on their webpage.

Information and any questions on air pollution can be sent to the Environment Agency of Iceland via [email protected]. The Environment Agency is especially looking for information from people who have been in contact with high concentrations of gas; where they were, at what time it happened, how the gas cloud looked (color and thickness of the cloud) and how they were affected by it.

In the near future, there will be a page on the Icelandic Met Office’s website for this type of information. Information (in both English and Icelandic) as well as questions and answers (mostly in Icelandic) are posted on the agency’s Facebook page.

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