A state of emergency has been declared in parts of southern Iceland due to the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull and emergency plans are being enacted to evacuate affected areas. Residents of Fljótshlíð are being evacuated due to danger of flooding when the glacial waters melt. Ash has already begun to fall in Fljótshlíð and people in the surrounding area have reported seeing bright lights eminating from the glacier. Everyone in the immediate area is advised to follow developments closely. Special response centers have been set up for travellers from the affected areas in Vík and in the local school in Hvolsvöllur.
There is currently no sign of flooding but it could be imminent according to experts. It is not clear exactly where the eruption is taking place but it is being investigated.