Uncertainty phase alert at Mýrdalsjökull area
From the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police:
The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police declares an uncertainty phase due to information that an increased amount of geothermal water has been detected in two glacial rivers from Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Múlakvísl and Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi.
This has been done in cooperation with the the District Commissioner of Police in Hvolsvöllur.
The amount of geothermal water yet detected in the rivers indicates small glacial outburst floods.
Uncertainty phase is part of emergency procedures and is a means to secure formal communication between response teams, as well as increased scientific monitoring.
Tourists in the area are advised to show caution in the vicinity of the two rivers due to increased H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide).
Almannavarnir, The Emergency Management System is following the event and will publish further information if the situation changes.
Update July 14th 2014
The Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has lifted the uncertainty phase for Múlakvísl and Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi. This is done in collaboration with the District Commissioner of Police in Hvolsvöllur. According to scientists the electrical conductivity of Múlakvísl and Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi has reduced to pre-flood levels. In recent days, the discharge of both rivers has been affected by rainfall, especially Múlakvísl.
It is important that travel companies and tourists remain aware of the potential for gas and flooding hazards at Sólheimajökull and are advised to show caution in the vicinity of the glacier.
Almannavarnadeild Ríkislögreglustjóra „Óvissustig vegna vatnavaxta í ám sunnan Mýrdalsjökuls“, Náttúran.is: July 8, 2014 URL: http://www.natturan.is/d/2014/07/08/ovissustig-vegna-vatnavaxta-i-am-sunnan-myrdalsjok/ [Skoðað:April 9, 2020]Efni má nota eða vitna í samkvæmt almennum venjum sé heimilda getið með slóð eða fullri tilvitnun hér að ofan.
breytt: July 15, 2014