Walking Paths in Askja Remain Closed

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Walking Paths in Askja Remain Closed

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Askja. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There is still a risk of further rockfalls causing tidal waves in Öskjuvatn, the lake in the stratovolcano Askja, and so walking paths around the lake remain closed. Askja is a popular tourist destination in the northeastern highlands.

Björn Oddsson, project manager at the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civil Protection Department, told ruv.is that there are no indications of a new rockfall of a similar magnitude as the one that caused 50-m high tidal waves earlier this week. However, the area is considered unstable and smaller rockfalls are possible, he added.

Björn explained that the area will continue to be monitored daily and the situation estimated after one week. Travelers are advised to keep away from the southeastern part of Askja where the rockfall occurred.

The Civil Protection Department’s council of scientists are currently reviewing the data that they collected on the rockfall on Thursday.

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