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Volcanic Ash Spreads from Glacier to Iceland’s Capital

Ash which was emitted during the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull was carried by the wind across south Iceland yesterday as far as Reykjavík, where the air pollution level exceeded the health protection limit at noon.

Ash haze in south Iceland in April. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

There was a haze over the eastern part of Rangárvallasýsla county yesterday and in Hvolsvöllur children were sent home from school due to air pollution. They were all wearing dust masks and protective goggles, Morgunbladid reports.

A police officer in the area told ruv.is that the visibility was between 500 and 700 meters. During such conditions, people in the area who have existing respiratory problems, such as lung diseases or asthma, are asked to avoid going outside.

It started raining yesterday evening, which reduced the air pollution.

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