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Holuhraun Eruption Danger Zone Still in Effect

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Holuhraun Eruption Danger Zone Still in Effect

Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

The Holuhraun danger zone. Photo: National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.

Even though scientists have concluded that the eruption in Holuhraun ended on Friday, the area around the eruption site is still off limits and the emergency level is still in effect. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection will meet tomorrow to discuss the situation.

Civil Protection director Víðir Reynisson told ruv.is that the main concern is a sub-glacial eruption in Bárðarbunga. “Our evaluation of a potential eruption there hasn’t changed and our preparedness continues to be based on that. We will continue to work on action plans.”

“Scientists are fairly conclusive in that there’s a major risk of an eruption in Bárðarbunga and that it hasn’t decreased but rather increased at the end of the eruption,” Víðir added.

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlausson stated that funding for civil protection will be increased and that the situation will be closely monitored. “We assume that a volcanic eruption could start again and then people will be prepared.”

“[The eruption] has proven costly, of course, and we have already increased funding [for civil protection] considerably and it isn’t unlikely that we will continue to increase funding,” the PM added.

The biggest risk concerning an eruption in Bárðarbunga—the volcano which fed the eruption in Holuhraun—is of flash flooding in glacial rivers originating in Vatnajökull, under which Bárðarbunga lies.

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