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All access to eruption site closed

The access to the eruption aite has been closed until 15. July.
Mynd: Þráinn Kolbeinsson
Mynd: Þráinn Kolbeinsson

The police chief in Suðurnes has decided to close public access to the eruption site. The desition will be reconsidered on Saturday.

An announcement states that it is being done to ensure the safety of tourists and emergency responders.

Hjördís Guðmundsdóttir, communications manager for Civil Defence, says that the decision will not be reviewed until Saturday.

There is a lot of pollution in the area, not least because of wildfires attempts are being made to extinguish these, says Hjördís.

The police chief says he cannot guarantee the safety of those who enter the area under these conditions. It will be windy today and tomorrow at the volcanoes, and the wind direction is unfavourable for hikers. The closure is now in effect

Many people have also ventured into the defined danger zone and ignored the instructions of emergency personnel.