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Eruption Site Closed Today Due to Brush Fire and Gas Pollution

By Yelena

Search-and-rescue volunteers by the crater in Geldingadalur on the Reykjanes peninsula
Photo: Gollil. Search-and-rescue volunteers monitor the eruption area and aid tourists who run into trouble.
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Authorities have decided to close the site of the ongoing eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula today due to brush fires and gas pollution. A notice from the Suðurnes police announced the decision between 9.00 and 10.00am this morning. Today’s slow, northerly wind brings a higher risk of gas pollution along the hiking path to the eruption.

Several brush fires have been sparked by lava from the eruption in recent days. The incidents began when the eruption activity changed, shooting lava up to 300 metres (984 feet) into the air. Some of the lava has landed up to 300 metres away from the active crater, landing on vegetation and sparking fires.

While the site will be closed to visitors today, interested readers can watch live streams of the eruption online.

Over 72,000 have visited the Geldingadalir eruption since it began on March 19.

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