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Volcano Museum to Open in Westman Islands

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Volcano Museum to Open in Westman Islands

Plans for the opening of a volcano museum in the Westman Islands, off south Iceland, were presented yesterday. It will be located in the remains of the house on Gerðisbraut 10, which was buried in lava and ash in the 1973 eruption on Heimaey.

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Eyjafjallajökull erupts in 2010. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

The project’s preparations are scheduled to begin this summer. The Environment Agency of Iceland and local authorities of the municipality Vestmannaeyjabær signed a declaration of intent to that respect at a press conference yesterday, Morgunblaðið reports.

The museum, which will be called Eldheimar (“Fire World”) will facilitate exhibitions on the 1973 Eldfell volcanic eruption on Heimaey—when all the island’s inhabitants had to be evacuated in the middle of the night—and the 1963-1967 underwater eruption which created Surtsey, the southernmost island of the archipelago.

“One need not worry that Eldheimar will prove a major attraction for tourists, while supporting the versatile life and culture in the Westman Islands,” a press release reads.

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