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People Flock to South Iceland Care Center

Around 6.20 this morning, 450 people had registered at the mass care center in the Hvolsvöllur Elementary School. About 200 people are there at the moment, but a total of 700 were told to evacuate their homes.

The old eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Site manager Hrafnhildur Björnsdóttir told ruv.is that most manage to stay with friends and relatives. Rescue teams, civil protection workers and the district sheriff have arrived at the action center at Hella because of fear of an eruption under Eyjafjallajökull.

The road by Hvolsvöllur and Skógar has been closed.

Sveinn K. Rúnarsson, chief police officer in Hvolsvöllur, says the evacuation, which began around 4 am this morning, has gone smoothly.

The police are in a state of readiness in the area. All police officers from the district have been called out but there are also police officers from Selfoss, Reykjavík and the Special Force.

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