Volcanic eruption in South Iceland - All is clear for landing!
Friday 30, April 2010
As of yesterday evening, all airports are open in Iceland and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The eruption is now stable, with explosive activity and ash production that is only a fraction of what it was during the height of the eruption.
Iceland turning green after winter
The eruption has no discernable effect on life in Iceland – apart from the very small area surrounding the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The island is slowly turning green after winter, as well as turning more active with the whale watching season just starting, and the Reykjavik Arts Festival commencing in a couple of weeks.
Prepared and alert
Although the volcano poses no safety threat to people in Iceland, visitors are nevertheless encouraged to follow developments and seek factual information from the relevant authorities. Icelanders are resilient people who have learned to live in harmony with the forces of nature. The civil protection and emergency management authorities in Iceland are prepared and effective and have the situation in the area surrounding the eruption site well under control.
Since there has been some discussion regarding the volcano Katla, it is important to note that there is no indication of an eruption there.
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.
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.
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