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Volcano erupts close to Benchmark Genetics facilities in Iceland

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall, in Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland, started on March 19. In this area, Benchmark Genetics has its salmon and lumpfish farms. The company reported that all its farms are safe and all planned shipments will go according to plan.

“Our farms are up and running and in no danger. We can get to all our farms, feed, oxygen, water supply and electricity are okay and no signs of any changes as it is right now. The eruption is very small and lava is running away from our farms and winds are blowing the gas away from us also. Earthquakes have finally stopped and no signs of damages to our facilities. The airport is open and should stay like that if nothing changes,” the company said. “We are following this closely and prepared for changes. Hopefully, this will stay as little as it is an end soon.”

The eruption is considered to be small, according to the Government of Iceland. The last eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula was recorded over 700 years ago, and eruptions in Fagradalsfjall (Mount of Fair Valley) last happened around 6,000 years ago.

 

Photo source: Government of Iceland.

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