April 24, 2010

Webcams Provide Look At Volcanic Eruption

More than four million Internet users from 150 countries are watching the Iceland volcano eruptions via webcams transmitting the activity live online.

The webcams have been transmitting the feed since the volcano began erupting on April 14, according to the site administrator.

The figure is a record for an Icelandic website, the administrator said; adding that numerous international sites that posted the http://eldgos.mila.is (http://mila.is/english/) link to the webcams have boosted traffic.

Solveig Eyjolfsdottir said she watched the eruption every day from her home in Reykjavik. "It's fascinating, powerful and beautiful to watch but it makes me sad to think of all the farming land that is going to waste because of the ash," she told AFP.

"This is a beautiful part of Iceland and it is being destroyed. People are losing their life's work because of the ash," she added.

The webcams were installed for locals to have a way to check to see if there is any imminent danger from the volcano.

Police said they did not rely on the webcams to alert them of danger because they had a rescue team and other officers stationed permanently onsite since the eruptions began more than a week ago.

Police are saying, however, that the use of the webcams have spared them many calls from those who want, or need, up-to-the-minute details of what is going on with the eruption.