Over A Thousand Unexploded Ordinance Found Around Iceland

Published October 4, 2012

Over the past five years, Icelandic authorities have found over one thousand unexploded bombs, mortars and other explosives, most of them dating from WW2.
Sigurður Ásgrímsson, the department manager for the Icelandic Coast Guard in Reykjanes, told Vísir that the discoveries have been a part of an extensive clean-up project for the area.
During the Second World War, when both British and American soldiers were stationed in the Reykjanes area, the peninsula was often used to test explosives. The specific area of the clean-up is around what used to be Patterson air base, where American forces tested explosives up until 1960. The total area of the clean-up is between 12 to 15 square kilometers.
While Sigurður said he would be reluctant to ever declare the area completely clean of explosives, his team have put a great deal of work into finding unexploded ordinance. As such, he says the area is now clean enough for construction and other forms of development to move forward.



News
Flooding Strikes Siglufjörður

Flooding Strikes Siglufjörður

by

Heavy and persistent rains have led to an emergency situation as the north Iceland town of Siglurfjörður deals with torrential

News
Iceland Sees Surge In Public Support For More Asylum Seekers

Iceland Sees Surge In Public Support For More Asylum Seekers

by

Icelanders across the political spectrum are showing increasing support for accepting more asylum seekers than the government originally planned. The

News
Drug Dogs Used On Secondary School Kids

Drug Dogs Used On Secondary School Kids

by

Police used drug dogs to search a group of first-year secondary school kids (aged 16) on their way on a

News
Iceland Dairies Want To Ban Swedish Company From Using “Skyr”

Iceland Dairies Want To Ban Swedish Company From Using “Skyr”

by

Iceland Dairies (MS) believes Swedish company Arla is misusing the word “skyr” to describe their “Icelandic style yogurt”, and wants

News
Another Asylum Seeker Attempts Self-Immolation At Red Cross

Another Asylum Seeker Attempts Self-Immolation At Red Cross

by

An asylum seeker threatened to set himself on fire at Icelandic Red Cross offices today, protesting the length of time

News
Conservative Chair Confounded By Pirate Party

Conservative Chair Confounded By Pirate Party

by

Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson says he finds the Pirate Party to be “a blank page” and questioned the commitment

Show Me More!