Two Floods Broke Out Overnight - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Two Floods Broke Out Overnight

Two Floods Broke Out Overnight

Published April 16, 2010

Two floods caused by lava melting glacial ice broke out near the Markarfljót river last night. However, one of these floods appears to be smaller than the one which broke out yesterday evening. While people were forbidden to travel into the area except to their farms, ashfall continued to be a problem. Scientists on the scene have established that the fluorine count in the ash is high enough that it would be dangerous for animals if the ashfall covers more than one centimeter of the surface. However, head veterinarian Halldór Runólfsson told reporters that as it stands, the ash should not endanger livestock. Geologists have also confirmed that while the volcano is still dangerous, tremors appear to have been decreasing within. Flights across northern Europe are still cancelled at the time of this writing, so the news may be encouraging to those currently trying to work out a way to go to southern Europe and then across the Atlantic. Expect newer and more exciting updates from our resident volcanologist, James Ashworth, as events develop.

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