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University of Iceland Facilities Damaged by Water Leak

By Yelena

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Photo: Háskóli Íslands/Facebook.

All operations are suspended until at least noon today in the University of Iceland’s University Centre, Gimli, Lögberg, Árnagarður, and Main Building. The cause appears to be a breach in a large cold-water pipe in west Reykjavík. The extent of the damage is being assessed, but it is believed to be considerable.

The water damage is greatest in the University Centre building (Háskólatorg) and Gimli, according to Kristinn Jóhannesson, Director of the Operations and Resources Division at the University. Total damage will likely be costly to repair. “We have a sense it will run into hundreds of millions [of krónur, over a million USD]. It is tremendous damage,” Kristinn stated.

Kristinn was fairly certain that valuable manuscripts and documents at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies had not been damaged by the leak. Some of the affected buildings house artwork and it remains to be seen whether it has been damaged.

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