Spring, snow and volcanic eruption

Every day there is something interesting going on in Skagaströnd. The weather is one of the strangest things here. The summer is supposed to be here, all the right signs are present, the sun is high in the sky, the day is long and the grass is green, but it is cold. This morning the green grass was covered with snow, which, by the way disappeared when the sun could find time to look down at us.

School is out

The primary school finished for the summer today and the kids are literally freaking out.
Do you know what they want to do now? Play?
Wrong, most of them want to work so they can save some money to buy things and do whatever they want to do.

Volcano

The eruption is over. Everyone was very exited about the volcanic eruption in the Vatnajökull Glacier on the southeast part of our country. It’s really big and magnificent. No one has been able to see it, only the high ash plume. The ash is mainly falling in the area south of the glacier but the wind carries it to Scotland, Ireland, England, Scandinavia, Germany and Spain. However we have had no ash here in Skagaströnd, sorry to say …

Map of Iceland that shows the eruption in Grímsvötn

Far, far from Skagaströnd

Skagaströnd is far from the volcano, more than 200 km in direct line, over the highlands in the interior of the country. Between Skagaströnd and the volcano are high mountains and large glaciers.

About the volcano

The volcanic eruption in Grímsvötn Vatnajökull glacier is localized to a small part of the country. By and large, it is safe to travel in Iceland, and daily life continues unaffected.

Ash is falling in an area south of the eruption, and people located there are advised to stay inside. There is absolutely no immediate threat to the general population. Civil Protection authorities are closely monitoring the situation.

Infrastructure in Iceland is well prepared for natural disasters.

How long will the eruption last?

It is difficult to predict how long an eruption can last. The last eruption in this area was in 2004 and lasted for a week. There have been several eruptions in Grímsvötn in the last decades, and they have all been relatively short lived.

An eruption in 1873 lasted seven months, but intensity was relatively low during that time. After a forceful start to this eruption, it started to show reduced activity on day two.

 

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