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21 Nov 2017 | 10:37 PM UTC

Iceland: Increased activity at Öræfajökull Volcano

Iceland News Alert

Iceland authorities warn of increased activity at Öræfajökull Volcano in southeast; eruption not considered imminent

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/21/2017, 12:00 AM until 11/24/2017, 11:59 PM (Atlantic/Reykjavik). COUNTRY/REGION Öræfajökull Volcano

Event

The Icelandic Met Office issued a warning on Friday, November 17, regarding higher than normal levels of volcanic activity at Öræfajökull Volcano in the country's southeast. However, officials stated that despite the increase in activity, they do not expect any eruption to be imminent. Further information is available on the Met Office's website.

Context

Volcanic activity is common in Iceland. In 2010, the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano erupted, resulting in widespread ash that paralyzed international air traffic for several days.

Advice

Individuals in Iceland are advised to keep abreast of the situation - including possible flight disruptions in case of an uptick in volcanic activity - and to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders). In case of an eruption, it is advisable to wear respiratory masks and to wear covering clothing to protect skin from abrasive ash.​

 

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