Saturday, April 17, 2010

Northwest wind blows the ash to sea.


A northwest wind is forecast in the area of the volcano tonight. Tomorrow Sunday the wind is expected to blow at 5-13 m/s from the west and southwest. Ash fall is expected on the stretch from eastern “Eyjafjoll” to “Mýrdalssandur”, while the region around “Mýrdalsjokull” is expected to be most heavily afflicted.

Many travelers will see the volcanic area.

Representatives from the tourism industry convened today with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. According to information released in this meeting around 1800 passengers are waiting for flights in Iceland. These passengers are all comfortably accommodated and the situation is calm. The waiting passengers have been offered guest passes giving them free access to museums and swimming pools. This measure is very popular among tourists. There are no passengers waiting at Leifsstöð Icelandic International Airport.
Roughly speaking, up to 90% of Iceland, including the Reykjavik area, has not been affected by the eruption in any direct way. All infrastructure of the country is unaffected, except roads in the flooding area below the glacier.