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Temporary restrictions for scientists and media lifted at Holuhraun

The District Commissioner in Húsavík has, in cooperation with the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, decided to lift the temporary restrictions on traffic in the eruption area North of Vatnajökull for scientists and journalist with special permissions. The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management reiterates that all other traffic in the area north…

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Traffic surveillance in the area north of Vatnajökull glacier

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management reiterates that all traffic in the area north of Vatnajökull glacier is prohibited. The Police patrols the area i.e. in cooperation with the Coast Guard. During regular patrol today, vehicles were seen inside the prohibited area. All those in the cars will be charged with violations of…

Further closing due to new fissure in Holuhraun

5. September 2014 at 08:30 This morning journalists from Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), who were flying over the eruption site in Holuhraun, saw that a new fissure south of the old one had opened during the night. The new fissure is closer to the Dyngjujökull glacier. Scientists and representatives from Civil Protection are now…

Restrictions on traffic in the area for scientists and journalist has been lifted

Yesterday the District Commissioner in Húsavík decided to clear the area close to the volcanic eruption site in Holuhraun and to close road F910 leading to the site. This was done in light of unexplained increased seismic tremor in the area. The tremor decreased late last night and has not been measured since. The District…

Dreki (Dragon) a hut in Drekagil near Askja. Scientists camp here while working in the field. Photo by Ferdafelag Akureyrar.

Further restrictions on access to the volcanic eruption site

The District Commissioner in Husavik has decided to further restrict access to the eruption site  northwest of Vatnajökull glacier, due to increased unrest at the eruption site in Holuhraun,. The media and scientists have been given a limited access with special permissions to the area, subject to certain terms and conditions. While this uncertainty remains no one will…

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Road no. 862, from the main road no. 1 to Dettifoss, is now open again

The District Commissioner in Husavik has decided to lift the closure of road nr. 862, the section from the Ringroad to Dettifoss waterfall on the west side of Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The opening will take effect from 0800 on September 2nd. Other roads on the west side of Jökulsá are still closed including hiking trails.…