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South Iceland Inhabitants Fear Katla Eruption

Inhabitants of the Vestur-Landeyjar district in south Iceland have sent letters to the constituency’s MPs, the Ministry for Internal Affairs, the Icelandic Road Administration and the Civil Defense Department, calling for a secure evacuation route from possible disastrous flooding caused by an eruption in the sub-glacial volcano Katla.


Katla lies underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The only evacuation route from the farms in the area lies along a stretch that would lead towards the potential tidal wave which would likely be created in the case of an eruption, one inhabitant pointed out, Fréttabladid reports.

Gudfinna Thorvaldsdóttir, chairwoman of the Rangárthing ytra municipality’s district council, supports the inhabitants’ demand, reasoning that a solution to the potential problem is pressing and that it has been on the municipality’s agenda for a long time.

Thorvaldsdóttir said she doesn’t mean to undermine the importance of improved transport around the country but that some things that don’t cost much, such as this project, should be tended to as well.

“When [Eyjafjallajökull] erupted last year people realized the seriousness of the matter. A flood caused by Katla would be many times larger than the one we experienced back then,” Thorvaldsdóttir explained.

In spite of there being no signs of an upcoming eruption in Katla, people suspect it is only a matter of time before the volcano bursts.

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