After a few days of overcast skies the weather cleared in the Westman Islands, located off Iceland’s southern coast, offering a magnificent view of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Many locals hiked up Mt. Eldfell to enjoy the view and RÚV reporter Sighvatur Jónsson shot this video.
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The Westman Island Search and Rescue team handed out dust masks yesterday and the distribution will continue today and tomorrow. The wind is expected to blow in from the north tonight and then the ash will fall in the Westman Islands, ruv.is reports.
Local sheep farmers are concerned about their free-roaming sheep which are kept on uninhabited islands of the archipelago. They hope that the ash fall won’t be extensive because it can be difficult and time-consuming to fetch the sheep from the islands.
Many local residents still remember the 1973 volcanic eruption in the Westman Islands, which began one night without notice. All inhabitants had to be evacuated and many homes were destroyed by lava and ash.
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