Volcano activity and ash update - Calming Down - 26 May
Wednesday 26, May 2010
For the third day in a row there is no activity in the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Only a small trace of smoke comes up from the crater but no ash, lava or any other material. Hopes are that this marks the end of the eruption.
Volcanic activity at South Iceland’s volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier has continued to decrease over the last 24 hours. Hopes are that this marks the end of the eruption but nothing is guaranteed yet.
The Icelandic Met Office says that activity at the volcano is only slightly higher now than it was before the eruption started. Though the volcano is now dormant, steam continues to rise up to two kilometres into the air. There appears to be no ash in the steam and no ash fall was reported anywhere in Iceland yesterday.
The restricted zone around the volcano is still in full force and authorities have had to remove curious visitors wanting to see the volcano over this holiday weekend.
Icelandic police civil protection head Vidir Reynisson told RUV that it remains very dangerous to get too close to the volcano, which could still start up again at any time.
A planned working meeting between civil protection officials and local governments in the Eyjafjallajokull area has been postponed indefinitely given the possible end of the eruption.
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