Security level is back to normal.
The volcanic eruption at Grimsvötn is over and The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has taken a coordinated decision with the District Commissioners in Hvolsvöllur district and Eskifjörður district to put the security status at Grímsvötn volcano back to normal.
Recovery and cleaning in the affected area is well under way and the Civil Protection and Emergency Management Welfare and Service Center in Kirkjubæjarklaustur coordinates the work that is being done.
Status Report 27.05.2011 at 1600
Status Report 26.05.2011 at 1700
Status Report 25.05.2011 at 1700
Status Report 24.05.2011 at 1800
Status Report 23.05.2011 at 1600
Status Report 22.05.2011 at 1700
Status Report 22.05.2011 at 0200
Volcanic acitivity significantly reduced
Activity in the volcanic eruption is significantly reduced. The volcano is emitting low steam, 100-200 metres. Overnight the plume rose briefly up to 5 and 12 km height and small explosions can still be expected, according to information from the Icelandic Met Office. Travellers are advised not to go closer to the eruption than 6 km, due to these explosions.
The volcano is not emitting any ash into the high altitude winds, only affecting the area near the eruption site. However the ash emitted over the weekend is still causing some problems in the European airspace. A team of scientists are currently flying over the eruption to measure the activity. Further information is expected in the afternoon (see status report 25.05.2011).
Keflavik international airport is open for traffic.
The activity of the Grimsvotn volcano has been steady with the ash plume rising appr. 6 – 10 km into the air. The plume is hardly visible on satellite images due to weather conditions. No lightning activity has been detected since 4:30 GMT.
In the lower layers of air the wind is coming from north, with ash fallout south of the volcano. In conjested airspace the wind is coming from the east with ash drifting to the west and northwest of the volcano.
Ash in the air over Reykjavík is visible but getting thinner. Heavy ash fall has been reported in low-lying areas to the south and southwest of Vatnajokull glacier and light or moderate ash fall in the areas at southwest Iceland.
Flight operations at Keflavik International and Reykjavik International airports are expected to start again tonight. Passengers are advised to keep a close watch of flight information on the websites of the airport and the airline operators.
Tomorrow, winds in the conjested airspace are expected to turn with a possibility of ash drifting southwards. Whether this will effect flights depends on the development of the eruption, which is a matter of uncertainty.
Due to a volcanic eruption which began this afternoon in Grimsvötn, South-East Iceland, some safety precautions have been taken. The main road, south of the eruption site, has been closed from Kirkjubaejarklaustur in the west, to Kvisker in the east. A no-fly zone of 120 nautical miles around the eruption, has been established. Due to ashfall in the area south and southeast of the eruption, people are asked to stay indoors and those who need to go outdoor are urged to use protective mask and goggles.
Grimsvötn volcano situated near the center of the Vatnajökull ice cap in central Iceland, is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes.
The volcanic system at Grimsvötn is one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland with at least 60 eruptions over the past 800 years. In 2004 a glacial outburst flood was a precursor for an eruption in the Grimsvötn caldera. Former eruptions in Grimsvötn (i.e. 1983 and 1998) have been relatively small (around 0,1km3) and have not posed a direct threat to the population.
Grímsvötn - fact and information