Volcanic ash falls on Reykjavik, citizens fail to notice

reykjavikAsh from the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption is now falling on Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city – including on the Icelandic Met Office. City life is unaffected and people are checking their computer screens and televisions more than the sky.

After massive amounts of ash fall near the volcano last night, during which several families decided to evacuate, the ash moved and started falling on Fljotshlid in much greater quantities than previously. A wide portion of South Iceland was also affected, including the towns of Hella and Hvolsvollur. The ash has now reached Reykjavik.

The effects of the ash in the city are minimal and people are reading about it on news websites but not noticing anything unusual when outside. “This is the first I have heard about it so I guess it can´t be that bad,” IceNews’s Russell Harmon said upon returning to the office.

As well as a greater spread, the ash cloud is also reaching higher into the atmosphere – currently up to nine kilometres – which will continue to affect aviation. All domestic flights have been cancelled until further notice and there are delays and alterations to international flights. Passengers are advised to contact their airline.

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