Evacuation in response to the volcanic eruption in Eyjarfjall Glacier has begun.
The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management confirms that a volcanic eruption in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier has begun. The presence of volcanic ash has been confirmed in the area of Fljótshlið. The Civil Protection, in response to the eruption, has declared a local emergency and initiated the emergency response plan. The National Emergency coordination centre in Skógarhlið, Reykjavik, has been activated and is operational. Response teams have been dispatched to the area and the situation is being closely monitored. The Local Emergency operations centre has been established in Hella and the evacuation of the area around Fljótshlid has begun.
People in the area should follow these instructions. People in the area of Fljótshlið and the areas to the west of the Markarfljóts should evacuate to Hvolsvöllur and Hella. Farms to the west to Ásólfsskáli should evacuate to Heimaland. The farms of Ásólfsskáli, Skálakot and Moldnúpur should evacuate to Varmahlíð. Þorvaldseyri and all farms to the east of Hrútafell should evacuate to Drangshlið. People east of Skógará should evacuate to Vík.
Three Red Cross mass care centres have been opened in the villages of Hella, Hvolsvöllur and Vík. Red Cross volunteers are ready to receive people. The Red Cross helpline, 1717, is open and able to provide information about the eruption to members of the public.