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Search and Rescue Services at Work in Eruption Zone

ICE-SAR search and rescue teams in east Iceland have been at work all night and this morning because of the volcanic eruption in Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull.


The ash fall turns day into night. Photo by Monique Starr.

They have distributed protective goggles and masks among inhabitants in the region and helped farmers herd their sheep into sheepfolds, as described in an ICE-SAR press release.

Search and rescue teams have also been watching the Ring Road by Vík where the road is closed to make sure people don’t drive into the ash fall.

A few projects are coming up but due to the dark conditions caused by the ash not much can be done and search and rescue team members have had to abandon their posts. Most of these projects include assisting farmers.

Project leaders are based at Hella, Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Höfn.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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