[Updated] Du nouveau en Islande…


Bon, ben nouvelle éruption sur l’île. Un p’tit bordel aérien en vue ?

It is now confirmed that an eruption has started in Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull Glacier. The smoke from the eruption can be seen from many places in south Iceland according to RÚV television.

Geologists have been expecting an eruption in Grímsvötn this year and hence the eruption will not be a surprise. Sveinbjörnsson said that a flood in Skeidarársandur was to be expected following an eruption. Before any further predictions would be made on a flood, the exact location of the eruption would have to be figured out.

The public safety commission has been notified. “We have sent a warning to England so that flight routs can be adjusted if necessary.”

Eruptions in Grímsvötn are quite frequent, every ten years on the average and are generally short and small.

Update :

The eruption as seen from Kirkjubæjarklaustur at 8 PM. Phjoti: Sigurveig Linnet/mbl.is

A guide in the Lómagnúpur area Örlygur Sigurjónson told mbl.is that he saw the smoke coming up from the volcano at 7.15 PM Saturday evening.

Sigurjónsson said that it quite clear that the eruption was very powerful. “This is something very grand in the evening sun.” He said that the smoke is growing fast and may be up to three kilometers high already. He was coming down from a climb to the top of Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland’s highest mountain in the south of Vatnajökull, with a ten man group.

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