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Storm Whirls up Volcanic Ash in South Iceland

By Iceland Review

There was extensive ash in the air in south Iceland yesterday due to dry and stormy conditions, creating poor visibility on roads. The ash was emitted during the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull two years ago.

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The worst of the ash fall during the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“There is ash everywhere,” commented Gústav M. Ásbjörnsson, an employee of the Soil Conservation Service who was traveling the Ring Road in the region yesterday, to Morgunblaðið.

“One could see the next road side marker but not further. I wouldn’t say it was dangerous driving there but it is better to be careful under such conditions,” Gústav added.

“The ash doesn’t disappear so quickly. Even though it decreases with time there is still plenty of ash in the area,” he concluded.

Ash storms can be expected in continued dry and windy conditions in south Iceland. The Civil Protection Department recommends that people remain indoors during the worst periods.

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