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Hundreds evacuated in Iceland as volcano erupts

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 16:55

Reykjavikl: Up to 800 people were evacuated
in Iceland today because of a volcano eruption at the
Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the island, a police
spokesman said.

"Between 700 and 800 people were evacuated from their
homes because of the risk of an eruption in Eyjafjallajokull
and because there were a lot of earthquakes in the area,"
Baldur Sigurdsson told a news agency.

"We do not know exactly when the eruption started, but
most probably around one o`clock this morning," Magnus Tumi
Gudmundsson, a professor of geophysics and civil protection
advisor, told a news agency.

"Officials in two aeroplanes have seen smoke. The
eruption is rather small at the moment," Gudmundsson said,
however noting there was an increased water flow coming from
the glacier.

Icelandic public broadcaster RUV said on its website the
evacuees were being directed to Red Cross mass care centres.
Last month, the first volcano eruption at the
Eyjafjallajokull glacier since 1823 -- and Iceland`s first
since 2004 -- briefly forced 600 people from their homes in
the remote, lightly populated area 125 kilometres east of the
capital Reykjavik.

Gudmonsson said that eruption, at the Fimmvorduhals
volcano, had ended Tuesday.


First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 16:55

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