Lava threat closes path, some visitors ignore barriers
Police are now going to take more decisive action, as the lava is likely to run over the lowest point between Geldingadalir and Meradalir, seen in the middle and near the top of the above picture. If people do become stranded, they will need to be rescued by helicopter.
People watching RÚV’s ongoing live coverage from the eruption site this morning noticed people ignoring the closure and climbing the hill anyway. Hjálmar Hallgrímsson is a police officer and Grindavík council leader: “We are going to react,” he says. “We need to go up there and fix this.”
Is there any way to know when the lava will cut the path off?
“No, that’s exactly the problem. It could be 15 minutes’ time or it could be a day from now. That we don’t know is the problem. That’s why we took the action to close it right away, because we don’t know when it will happen. But it will happen very soon.”
Do you need extra manpower on site to turn people back?
“If people aren’t respecting the closure, which they have been doing fine until now, they we will need to take measures; probably be on site until this passes. There is no immediate danger there, but people could get stranded and that’s a problem. The only way out is by helicopter, and that’s costly,” Hjálmar explains.