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Update on the Volcanic Activity in Iceland

According to the police, the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull glacier was relatively calm last night and its activity has not changed. Last night and this morning two police cars monitored the area below the Eyjafjöll mountain range and at 6:30 am visibility at Ásólfsskáli was 500 meters.

The eruption on Saturday. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

According to information from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there is currently a northerly wind, but southerly wind and rain are expected by the afternoon.

Ash is not expected to spread far from the eruption site, mostly to the south of Eyjafjöll during the day and to the northeast of the eruption site in the evening. There is no longer a risk of ash blowing over Reykjavík today, as earlier forecasts had predicted.

Yesterday, meetings were held with inhabitants at Gunnarshólmi, Heimaland, Vík and Kirkjubaejarklaustur where authorities including the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management along with a veterinarian, meteorologist, geologist, specialists and other representatives of relevant institutions answered questions.

The Icelandic Coast Guard flew with experts to the volcano yesterday afternoon to monitor the eruption. There is still considerable volcanic activity at the site and three seemingly separate craters are still erupting.

The plume is still rising but it is smaller and lighter, indicating that there is not much ash in it. Accumulating ash seems to be forming a ridge along the edges of the volcano.

Lava was hurled 1.5-3 kilometers up in the air by explosions in the crater this morning. Further to the south, clouds of ash reached a height of 5-6 kilometers. No lava flow was observed from the volcano.

There is no risk of flash floods because the water is continuously flowing off of the glacier.

Information about the volcanic eruption can be found on the websites of the Icelandic Meteorological Office: www.vedur.is and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management: www.almannavarnir.is.

You can follow the eruption on the Míla webcam.

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