Volunteers cleaning up as ash still grounds Iceland flights

eyjafjall1-littleThe volcanic ash cloud is still keeping Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport closed and domestic flights from Reykjavik are also cancelled again today.

According to a UK Met Office ash map from 06.00 this morning, Keflavik and Reykjavik remain in an area where flying on instruments is prohibited. Akureyri and Egilsstadir are in an area where permission to fly is given on a case-by-case basis. It is still not known whether or not Egilsstadir Airport will have to close too later today.

Scientists confirmed big changes to the eruption when they flew over Eyjafjallajokull yesterday. Lava has begun to flow from the crater and down the Gigjokull glacial tongue. The risk of further flooding due to the lava melting glacier ice is still minimal, RUV reports.

The volcanic ash cloud lay over South and Southwest Iceland yesterday and is being carried directly west from the glacier today. Rain is significantly reducing the range of the ash and the risk of it reaching Reykjavik or the Northwest today is very small.

Police in Hvolsvollur are expecting hundreds of people to descend on South Iceland today as volunteers to help the continuing clean up operation on farms south of the volcano. Search and Rescue teams, 4×4 enthusiasts and people answering a Facebook appeal are among the volunteers.

Photographer: Anders Peter Amsnæs / www.imagix.dk

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