If the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management were to declare a state of emergency, the minister responsible for the issue could ration electricity, limit telecommunication and cut off roads, according to a new bill presented at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
A 48-hour strike among surgeons and psychiatrists at Landspítali National University Hospital began at midnight. At the same time doctors at other hospital wards concluded their 48-hour strike. No progress has been made in negotiations between doctors and the state.
After cooler temperatures, slippery road conditions and minor snowfall today, the warm weather Iceland has enjoyed so far this month is set to continue, as meteorologist Trausti Jónsson writes on his blog.
A total of 63 earthquakes above magnitude 5.0 have occurred in and around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier between August 16 and November 25. Lately, the frequency of such big earthquakes has declined; last week there were five days between them.
The man reported missing on Sunday afternoon was found dead on Miðnesheiði outside the security fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon yesterday. The initial news indicated that he might have been alive. Search and rescue volunteers had searched for him the entire night.
The foreign citizen reported missing yesterday was found outside the fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon today. Paramedics were called out to estimate the man’s condition. Overall, 111 search and rescue members took part in the search.
Between 70 and 80 search and rescue volunteers are searching for a man who was reported missing yesterday afternoon. The man, who is a foreign citizen on a visit to his relatives in the country, is believed to be lost on Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Run The Jewels are among the bands set to perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) in Iceland in 2015, as announced this week. Already in July, it was made known that Belle & Sebastian would headline next year’s festival.
The Icelandic Design Award was held for the first time on Thursday in the National Theater in Reykjavík. With the aim to honor “the best Icelandic design and architecture annually,” the first award went to Austurland: Designs from Nowhere.
Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir released a statement yesterday afternoon confirming the news that she had requested to be released from her duties as minister because of the leak affair. However, the decision was personal, not political, she says.