13/07/11The floods, which were formed by the melting of the glacier volcano Katla, destroyed the bridge over the river in the south Mulahvisl Ring Road in Iceland (about 200 km from Reykjavik). Given that this is the only paved highway on the island, many eastern parts of the country have been cut off from the western regions.
According Icenews, first the authorities and residents of nearby areas to destruction would erect a temporary bridge. But then abandoned the idea because they fear that it will be unsafe for tourists and locals alike. It is predicted that the construction of a new permanent bridge will take about two to three weeks. To expedite this process, many local residents even canceled their holidays.
This zeal is because the ring road is very popular with foreign tourists who take rental cars. Its length is 1400 km — it goes around the whole Iceland (more on travel can be read here.) Because of the destruction of the bridge by representatives of the tourism industry predict that the loss of the tourism industry of the southern and eastern regions will be millions of crowns, as many travelers simply refuse to travel on the highway due to the inability to see all of Iceland. However, representatives of the tourism industry of the Western Fjords (western region of Iceland), on the contrary, even happy, "disaster" of their eastern counterparts, as tourists due to the inability to travel to the East became more traveling to the western regions.
As reported EUROMAG, volcanologists issued a warning of a possible eruption of Katla over the weekend. Experts have recorded melting glacier volcano hiding, which means the temperature at the volcano. Katla — one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland. It is located next to the world famous Eyjafjallajökull, but two times more powerful than him. Furthermore, for millennia Eyjafjallajokull served as a detonator for Katla — usually it starts to erupt after a neighbor. Last eruption of Katla was in 1918.