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
Protest And Sit-In At Interior Ministry – PHOTOS & VIDEO

Protest And Sit-In At Interior Ministry – PHOTOS & VIDEO

by

About 60 people protested at the Ministry of the Interior today, calling upon authorities to bring Nigerian asylum seeker Eze

News
400 Slaves Working In Iceland

400 Slaves Working In Iceland

by

New research has brought to light the use of forced labour in countries around the world, and Iceland is no

News
New App For Learning Icelandic Launches This Week

New App For Learning Icelandic Launches This Week

by

An ambitious new app that falls somewhere between a social networking site and a translating service is about to hit

News
Dettifoss Waterfall Closed Due To Dangerous Conditions

Dettifoss Waterfall Closed Due To Dangerous Conditions

by

The waterfall Dettifoss, in northeast Iceland, has been closed due to lots of rain and ice that has been melting

News
150 Polish People Working For Icelandair Paying 7 Times The Usual Rent

150 Polish People Working For Icelandair Paying 7 Times The Usual Rent

by

Foreign labourers from Poland working for the IGS subsidiary of Icelandair have to pay approximately 7 times higher rent than

News
Tide May Be Turning In Presidential Race

Tide May Be Turning In Presidential Race

by

A new poll aggregate shows support growing for nearly every candidate for President of Iceland – except for the frontrunner.

Show Me More!