24.5.2011 -

Grimsvotn Volcanic Eruption Report - Update

Reykjavik, May 24, 17:00 (GMT)

Professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, geophysicist at the University of Iceland, confirmed earlier today that volcanic activity in Grímsvötn has peaked, and while the eruption has not been declared over, it will most likely not reach previous volumes. The eruption has continued today, but it the volcano has only emitted a fraction of the material it previously spewed.

Today, it has been projecting about 100 tons of material per second, down from 1,000 tons of material last night, and 10,000 tons of material on Sunday. The ash plume now reaches 3-5 km in the air, down from 8-10 km yesterday. All scheduled flights in and out of Keflavík have been confirmed with the exception of flights to Glasgow and London that have been delayed/canceled for the time being. Some changes to schedules may occur due to backlog, and passengers are encouraged


We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates of latest developments.

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management follows the situation closely.

For regular updates on the ongoing eruption, visit the following sites: Iceland.is,
Inspired by Iceland on facebook.com/inspiredbyiceland, twitter.com/icelandinspired
and general news coverage on Icenews.is

Updates on flight schedules

Icelandair

Iceland Express

Air Iceland





Grimsvotn in Vatnajokull glacier is more than 250 km away from Reykjavik.
The affected area is mainly south of the eruption site.

See a video of the volcano taken on Saturday by Stod 2′s
Jon Olafur Magnusson, here. The music is Saeglopur by Sigur Ros.