Clean-Up Operations Begin Under Shadow of Volcano - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Clean-Up Operations Begin Under Shadow of Volcano

Published April 26, 2010

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management has issued a statement saying that the cleaning up of farms in the Eyjafjall region has begun.
We believe this statement is pretty vital and chock-full of important information and links, so here it is in whole:
Over a hundred volunteers from the Icelandic Red Cross, ICE-SAR, Jeep Club 4×4 and members from a group created on Facebook will take part in restoration work on farms in the Eyjafjöll region today by cleaning and helping with farming tasks.
The Fire Protection Services of Árnessýsla will also be involved in the effort. The police would like to remind the public that no traffic is allowed in the area near the volcano. The restricted area covers Eyjafjallajökull and its slopes, Fimmvörðuháls and Mýrdalsjökull. The public is asked to respect that the area is prohibited. See the enclosed map and the web site of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management at: www.almannavarnir.is.
Specialists from the Institute of the Earth Sciences and the Icelandic Meteorological Office flew over the eruption site in Eyjafjallajökull late [Saturday]. The lava flow seems to be of similar volume as in recent days (20-40 tons per second). The quantity of the volcanic plume is slowly decreasing. The flow of lava is most likely to have started near noon on April 21 when water started flowing continuously from Gígjökull. Steam plumes rose from the northern edges of the caldera after noon on that day and could be seen from a helicopter. Deflation associated with the volcanic tremor was noticed at the same time. There are no signs of melting or flow of water to the south. There are also no indications that the eruption is coming to an end.
There are still disruptions in domestic and international flights, according to information from ISAVIA, and passengers are therefore strongly advised to seek further information from air carriers and at: http://www.textavarp.is/.

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