Lava flows safely north



Lava flows safely north

10.05.2010
Oddný Björg Halldórsdóttir

Volcanic ash concentration above operable levels has affected flights to and from Keflavík international airport for the last two days but the airport will open again at 10 AM to day, May 10th.

Flight schedule is subject to weather conditions and can therefore change swiftly. Passengers are asked to follow closely the websites listed below for latest information.

Keflavik International Airport

Information from Icelandair

Information from Iceland Express

Geo-tourism blooms

The spring is busy changing Iceland into its seasonal costume of bright green and the migrant birds have returned to the North, signalling the advent of summer. Icelanders expect a great increase in geo-tourism this year, and the spanish newspaper El País, recommends Iceland as one of the best places to witness the forces of nature at work.

Cleanest country in the world

In spite of the eruption, Iceland ranks as the cleanest country in the world according to Forbes magazine, and we look at the eruption as an ideal opportunity to further promote Iceland and encourage visitors to explore the unique nature we have to offer.

Icelanders are used to the geothermal wonders of the island and have learned how to make the best of it - as a result we are among the world leaders in green energy and sustainable development. Iceland is the only western country that produces all its electricity from emission-free and sustainable natural resources in the form of geothermal and hydro power.

The latest eruption has also proven to be aninspiration to designers

Lava flows safely north

The eruption in Eyjafjallajokull is now producing much more lava than ash. The lava is flowing at around 50 tons per second and has finally appeared from under the glacial cap, streaming down to the uninhabited north of the glacier. As before, the eruption poses no safety threat to travellers and is localized to a small, rural area!

Briefings at the Reykjavík press centre

The Civil Emergency Authorities arranges information meetings in the Media Center, Skógarhlíð 14 in Reykjavík that will be on a weekly schedule, Thursdays from 8-9. The briefing will include a general status update, as well as brief updates from a geophysicist and a meteorologist. You will find the latest press releases on their web-sites...Read more

All Infrastructures Secure

Icelandic infrastructure is prepared for earthquakes and volcanic activitiy so all systems are designed to withstand natural calamities. Scientists have been measuring and monitoring water quality in the vicinity of the volcano as well as air quality in general; both have proven to be well within health and safety limits.

Transmission of Electricity:

Transmission of Electricity has not been affected by the volcanic activity. Developments in the volcanic activity are being followed closely, with a maintenance team ready to respond to any events if needed. The electrical transmission network in Iceland is circular with all power plants directly connected to the main grind. Thus in case of a transmission failure a backup power is always available from the other side to the rest of the island.

Communication:

The main telecommunications network is extremely robust and based on two main systems. It is designed with redundancy for both equipment and power and also incorporates backup routes for critical traffic.

Míla‘s Optical Fiber Cable, that carries almost all national and international telecommunication traffic, is secure. The design for the backhaul connections for the submarine cables connecting Iceland to the mainland takes into consideration necessary backup routes in case of Fiber Cable damage.

Important Links

Special volcano report - iceland.is

ISAVIA

Icelandic Civil aviation administration

Civil Emergency Authorities

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