October 7, 1996 in Nation/World

Iceland Braces For Mass Flooding

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With a volcano melting Europe’s largest glacier, workers strengthened nearby roads and bridges Sunday to prepare for mass flooding.

Molten rock from the Loki volcano has melted 70,000 cubic feet of water, which is gathering in a crater underneath the 2,000-foot-thick glacier.

“The plan is when the flood starts to try and preserve the bridges, by diverting some of the flood through the road,” said Magnus Gudmundsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland.

“Losing the bridges would be much more costly than the road.”

No one was in danger from the eruption; the region of sparsely populated Iceland is uninhabited.


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