The strong earthquakes that awoke Grímsey residents from their sleep early Tuesday morning have continued to rumble, and show no signs of stopping. Víðir Reynisson, a manager with the Civil Protection Agency, told TV show Morgunútvarpið this morning that earthquake cycles can potentially last for a long time, even weeks, and that it is advisable to expect the quakes to continue, even if the cycle appears to have ended. As RÚV reports, residents in the area have been instructed on how to prepare themselves in the case of a larger earthquake hitting. An emergency preparedness plan has been put into place for the nearby mainland also. In the meanwhile Víðir advises people not to put valuables on a high shelf or hang heavy objects above their beds. Those wishing to keep track of the seismic activity in the North, or the rest of Iceland, can visit the Icelandic Met Office’s website.
A former employee of the Office of the Special Prosecutor says the office tapped phones of suspects illegally. The Minister of Justice believes the matter needs to be investigated. In an interview with Fréttablaðið, former Special Prosecutor’s Office employee Jón Óttar Ólafsson said that the office listened in on illegal taps of phone conversations of clients and lawyers alike. Both the Special Prosecutor (shown above) and the State Prosecutor have dismissed the allegations as completely untrue. However, RÚV reports that Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson – serving in his capacity as acting Justice Minister – believes the matter warrants further
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has received some backlash over his decision to close the Icelandic International Development Agency. While the Agency will be absorbed by the Foreign Ministry, Vísir reports, the move is not without its critics. Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson told reporters for RÚV that when his office examined the best way to continue developmental aid, they came to the conclusion that the best strategy would be to bring the Agency into the Ministry. However, this contention is not supported by a report done on the subject for the Ministry in 2008, when Ingibjörg Sólrún
The water consumption of Icelanders is so high, it corresponds to each Icelander using about 200 litres of water each day, reports RÚV. According to the UN Water, about 50-100 litres of water is needed per day for personal use, meaning that Icelanders are using two times more water per day than is necessary. Comparatively, the water resources available to each Icelander is roughly 530.000 cubic metres where are as Norwegians, for example, have 80.000 m3 and Danes only 3000 m3. Water usage in Iceland has increased considerably over the past few years. The UN states that 85% of the world population
An Icelandic stamp collector will appear on a Korean stamp after beating out 70 other contestants to win an international stamp competition in Seoul, South Korea, reports Vísir. Sigtryggur Rósmar Eyþórsson won for his comprehensive stamp collection “Icelandic Postal Stationary”, which includes Icelandic postal stationary cards varying in value and dating from 1879-1920. In the past, postal stationary cards were given out by the Icelandic Post Office and were categorised as stamps. In addition to the prize money from the Korean Postal Service, Sigtryggur’s face now graces a bona fide South Korean stamp. This is the first time an Icelander
Civil Protection in Iceland would like to remind the general public that illegally entering the eruption area could be dangerous or even fatal. RÚV reports that the tracks of at least six separate interlopers were found entering the cordoned-off area surrounding the Holuhraun eruption. Víðir Reynisson of Civil Protection in Iceland wants to remind people that the area is closed off for a reason. “This is the most dangerous place in Iceland,” he told reporters. “We have to ask people to just think before they go out and do something [like this].” Víðir points out that poisonous SO2 gas emanating
The police have declined to prosecute a case of child abuse at a local playschool, and the Ombudsman for Children says this is based on a legal misunderstanding. As reported, the playschool Leikskólinn 101 was shut down in August 2013 after video evidence of child abuse reached city authorities. RÚV reports that one of the parents of the children at the playschool filed criminal charges, but the police declined to investigate the matter. The reasoning for this was because the child in question was spanked and, in a response from the police, they did not feel this caused “physical or