"I like it here, especially for my children. It's safe, everyone is friendly, and we're determined to stay"
By Natasha Bowler
REYKJAVIK, Jan 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Valgerour Halla came into the world under unusual circumstances. The four-month-old was born in Reykjavik to Syrian asylum seekers who were so thankful they gave her an Icelandic name.
Iceland - IOM this week launched an Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme in cooperation with Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration.
The AVRR programme aims at offering a practical alternative for migrants to return voluntarily to their country of origin in a safe, sustainable and dignified manner. Eligible migrants will be provided with counselling as well as administrative, logistical and financial support.
By Dizery Salim
GENEVA, 30 May 2012 - Earthquake and flood-prone Arborg, Iceland, a member of the 'Making Cities Resilient' campaign, is boosting the preparedness of its new twin - the Palestinian city of Jericho - starting with a four-week crash course on disaster management that begins today.
JOHANNESBURG, 26 April 2010 (IRIN) - Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano - unlike Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991, the 20th century's second largest eruption - will not contribute to climate change; on the contrary, by grounding flights over Europe for almost a week it helped saved thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Eyjafjallajökull's volcanic ash has left behind a trail of derailed humanitarian aid missions, delayed handovers and cancelled workshops.
Marie-Françoise Borel, IFRC
European Red Cross Societies mobilized volunteers, staff and other resources to help people affected directly or indirectly by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. On the front line was the Icelandic Red Cross.
Some 60 volunteers and staff of the Icelandic Red Cross have been working around the clock since the second eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on 14 April.
By Tore Svenning, IFRC
Around 700 people had to be evacuated in Iceland, following the eruption of the ice-covered volcano Eyjafjallajökull.
On Wednesday, April 14, the Icelandic Red Cross immediately mobilised around 35 staff and volunteers, and opened four shelters where more than 200 people have found refuge. The rest of them were able to stay with friends and relatives.
Psychosocial support and food
The latest eruption has caused large parts of a glacier to melt which has led to significant flash floods.
16 APRIL, 2010 | GENEVA -- The ash cloud from the volcanic explosion in Iceland contains fine particles, similar to those emitted from other sources of particulate matter (PM); but as long as ash remains in the upper atmosphere, there will not likely be an increased risk of health effects, according to WHO.
"Particulate matter is identified according to its diameter.
15 Apr 2010 11:44:26 GMT
REYKJAVIK, April 15 (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has thrown up a 6 km (3.7 mile) high cloud of ash and disrupted air traffic in northern Europe, has grown more intense, an expert said on Thursday.
The eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier -- 10 times more powerful than another one nearby last month -- showed no sign of abating after more than 24 hours of activity, University of Iceland volcanologist Armannn Hoskuldsson said.
"It's becoming more intense, but there will be no lava -- this is purely an explosive …
14 Apr 2010 15:35:48 GMT
* Floods from melting ice threaten highway, bridges
* Authorities evacuate 700 from their homes
REYKJAVIK, April 14 (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed black smoke and white steam into the air on Wednesday and partly melted a glacier, setting off a major flood that threatened to damage roads and bridges.
The plume was seen rising from a crater under about 200 metres (660 feet) of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, close to the site of another eruption which started last month and died down only on Monday, Icelandic …
REYKJAVIK, March 22 (Reuters) - A volcano spouting lava in the south of Iceland showed signs of increased activity on Monday, leading scientists to warn it could trigger a far more powerful eruption at a nearby geological hotspot.
The eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, which began shortly before midnight on Saturday, sent steam 4 kilometres up in the air and is gradually intensifying, geophysicist Steinunn Jakobsdottir told a local newspaper.
Another scientist said he was concerned the activity could cause an eruption at Mount Katla, an "enormously powerful" …
The Icelandic Red Cross responded swiftly when a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull glacier, in the south of the country, erupted just before midnight on Saturday 20 March. More than 40 volunteers and staff from Red Cross branches in Southern Iceland went into action upon receiving a text message half an hour later.
- Volcano eruption disrupts air travel
* 500 leave area near volcano, Red Cross opens centres
* Eruption could trigger powerful volcano
By Omar Valdimarsson
REYKJAVIK, March 21 (Reuters) - A volcano erupted in the south of Iceland overnight, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate the area and diverting flights after authorities declared a state of emergency, officials said on Sunday.
Shortly before midnight, the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the island's fifth largest, started to spew smoke and lava from several craters along a rift which is popular …
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ICELAND - HEAVY RAINS/MUDSLIDE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
31 AUGUST 1988
1. ON 29 AUGUST, HEAVY RAINS CAUSED 7 MUDSLIDES WHICH HIT OLAFSFJORDUR IN NORTHERN ICELAND.
2. ALL ROAD TRANSPORTATION RUPTURED. 70 HOUSES WITH APPROX. 280 PEOPLE EVACUATED.
3. LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND VOLUNTEERS MOBILIZED FOR CLEAN UP OPERATIONS AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES.
4. DITCHES WERE DUG INTO MOUNTAIN SLOPE TO ENABLE MORE RAPID DRAINAGE OF RAINWATER INSTEAD OF ITS ABSORPTION INTO SOIL, WHICH COULD MAKE SLOPE UNSTABLE.