Vík Residents Drill Emergency Procedures for Eruption

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Vík Residents Drill Emergency Procedures for Eruption

Students and staff of the Mýrdalshreppur elementary school in Vík, south Iceland, tested evacuation procedures for a potential volcanic eruption in Katla yesterday. The volcano is covered by Mýrdalsjökull glacier and could cause severe flooding in the town.

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Mýrdalsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Vík inhabitants are well prepared; on Monday a meeting was held in the town with geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson, Morgunbladid reports.

Gudmundsson reviewed the recent seismic activity in Katla, which has been constant since the glacial river Múlakvísl flooded in July, tearing down a bridge on the Ring Road. The volcano is under close observation.

Click here to read more about Katla and here to read about recent earthquakes in Iceland’s tallest volcano, Öraefajökull.

ESA