From Iceland — Research Scientists Rescued From Earthquake Region

Research Scientists Rescued From Earthquake Region

Published March 3, 2021

John Pearson
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Two researchers from the Icelandic Meteorological Office were rescued yesterday, after they became lost on the Reykjanes peninsula and requested help.

The workers, a man and a woman, became separated from their group as they were studying gasses connected to the seismic activity currently taking place in the area. Local search and rescue teams were activated, according to, and the coast guard launched their helicopter to assist the search.

The workers were not in an area defined as dangerous, although the whole area around Keilir—where they were working—is currently experiencing seismic activity, and is subject to the possibility of lava eruptions. The workers had GPS devices with them, which helped with the search, and RÚV reports that at least one of them was an experienced mountaineer.

The missing workers were found before nightfall, and were apparently unharmed—other than being tired, cold and wet—according to

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