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Life-Threating to Go near Eruption, Gases Kill Birds

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Life-Threating to Go near Eruption, Gases Kill Birds

eruption in Holuhraun seen 60 kms from the crater

It you go to the eruption now, it may be the last thing you do. Photo: Bernard Meric.

The Civil Protection Department in Iceland stresses that not respecting that the eruption site around Holuhraun is closed to the public may be life-threatening. Six new trails made by tourists were found yesterday. Birds that died of poisoning have been found at the eruption site.

Víðir Reynisson, director of the Civil Protection Department, told RÚV this morning that: “Holuhraun is the most dangerous place in Iceland and must be respected as such. People must think before they act.” He added that an eruption might suddenly begin under Dyngjujökull, Vatnajökull outlet glacier, starting a huge flood and an ash-producing eruption.

Víðir explained that scientists and other who are working at the eruption site are in grave danger. The Civil Protection Department thinks it can save the 20 to 30 people working at the scene in case of an emergency, but it would be impossible to save many more people.

He continued: “This may be a matter of minutes in case of a flood. People have maybe 30 minutes to an hour before it becomes too dark to find your way in case of an ash-producing eruption. This is an area in where it is very difficult to drive unless you have full visibility.”

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