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 flying over the area to collect data on the new fissure.

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 be allowed into the closed area.  Road F910 by Vaðalda has also been closed.

This decision will be reviewed in light of  new information.

The District Commissioner in Husavik

National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.