Occasional puffs of steam still rise out of the crater of the Grímsvötn volcano as was the case all day yesterday. The force of the volcanic eruption is now minimal and the night was rather uneventful at the Civil Protection Department control center.
From the first hours of the eruption. Photo by Monique Starr. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
However, the department warns that explosions might still occur in the crater and people should therefore not move too close to Grímsvötn, ruv.is reports.
Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson recommends people keep a two-kilometer’s distance from the crater.
Cleanup of the ash fall area began yesterday and will continue with increased effort today and tomorrow once more people have arrived to help and more powerful equipment can be put into action. Nine fire trucks will be used in hosing away the ash.
The weather in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which was subject to the most ash fall, is currently good, calm and rainy.
The local kindergarten has already been cleaned and it is expected that it can reopen today. The elementary school is currently being cleaned. A multi-purpose help center will be established there today.
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