Iceland Eruption. Quick Evacuation Completed in Five Hours

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Iceland Eruption. Quick Evacuation Completed in Five Hours

The following announcement was sent out this morning by the rescue authorities:

Evacuation in response to the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier has concluded after an extremely rapid response, according to officials. Everyone known to have been in the area has been brought to safety and is now accounted for.

Currently the eruption appears to be limited to an area where there is little ice - meaning there is no longer believed to be an imminent threat of a flood unless the eruption spreads along the fissure.

The eruption is however close enough to the glacier to warrant concern and a state of local emergency has been declared and emergency response plans initiated. The National Emergency coordination centre in Skógarhlið, Reykjavik, has been activated and is operational. Response teams have been dispatched to the area and the situation is being closely monitored. The Local Emergency operations centre has been established in Hella.

Three Red Cross mass care centres have been opened in the villages of Hella, Hvolsvöllur and Vík. Red Cross volunteers are ready to receive people. The Red Cross helpline, 1717, is open and able to provide information about the eruption to members of the public.


Scientist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson on the scene
 

In Polish

Eyjafjallajökull uaktywnil sie i nastapila erupcja.  Zdecydowano ewakulowac zgodnie z planem.  Z nastepujacych miejscowosci zostali ewakulowani ludzie:

Fljótshlíð í tereny zachodnie od Markarfljóts opszar do Hvolsvöllur i Hella.  Zachodnie miejscowosci od Ásólfsskála do Heimaland opszar Ásólfsskáli, Skálakot i Moldnúpur opszar do Varmahlíð.  Þorvaldseyri i wszystkie miejscowosci na wschodzie do Hrútafell opszar do Drangshlíð.  Wszystkie miejscowosci na wschod od Skógá opszar do Víkur.

Trzy glowne osrodki pomocy czerwonego krzyza zostaly otwarte w Hella, Hvolsvöllur i Vík. Wolontarjusze czerwonego krzyza przyjmuja ludzi. 

Linie czerwonego krzyza zostaly otwarte i przyjmuja wszystkie telefony od osob zainteresowanych pod nr: 1717.

Drogi zostaly zamkniete w nastepujacych miejscach:

Wschód od Selfoss, Suðurlandsvegur przy Hvolsvöll, Markarfljót i Vík.

W Fljótshlíð zostal zamkniety opszar przy Sunnuhvol.

Informacja zostala wyslana do mediów zeby lódzie niejechali na wschód od tego terenu.

Helikopter pomocy cywilnej wylecial o 01:45 z czterema nalukowcami zeby zbadac sytuacje.