Volcano news: craters change, staff tired, more cash

30.03.2021 - 12:47
Mynd: RÚV / RÚV
The municipality of Grindavík is to be allotted an extra ten million krónur to set up toilets, signs, and better car parking facilities for visitors to the Geldingadalir volcanic eruption. The eruption continues apace and shows no sign of slowing. Scientists agree it could turn into a long eruption—but even if not, the lava field will be a popular destination for visitors long after the eruption finishes.

In other volcano news, a coastguard helicopter was called out to transport a woman to hospital from the site after she broke her arm last night, and a man was also carried back down to a waiting ambulance after injuring himself on the hike and partially losing consciousness.

Over 16,000 people have visited the eruption so far. 

The long line of parked cars along Suðurstrandarvegur road, which has been one-way-only to the east from Grindavík, will now be a thing of the past. Police have decided to stop people parking on the road and instead all cars must use the makeshift car park. 

Search & rescue teams have been on site 24/7 since the eruption began and many volunteers are tired. Local teams are finding it harder to man shifts, but teams from all over the country are signing up to help—especially over the five-day Easter weekend, which is expected to be busy. 

“I don’t know about exhausted, but one does get the impression people are tired after this week. It is getting harder to get people to man teams to come and take these posts,” says Vigdís Björk Agnarsdóttir from the Hafnarfjörður team. 

It was an illustration of the more widespread cooperation, though, that the man rescued from the trail yesterday was helped by the Tindar search & rescue team from Hnífsdalur in the north of the Westfjords region. 

The video above shows the change to the erupting craters early on Sunday morning, when the northern crater opened up to the west. 

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