20. August 2019

Reynisfjara beach closed due to rockfall.

A large rock fall has occurred at South Iceland’s famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and police say the eastern part of the popular tourist attraction is closed for safety reasons.

A police officer visited the beach this morning and reported the rock fall. A Met Office avalanche and rockslide specialist is en-route to the beach this morning to assess the state of the cliffs.

Sveinn Brynjólfsson from the Met Office told RÚV the cliff is clearly unstable: “We will try to assess it today and ascertain whether there are further cracks that could cause collapses.”

Sveinn says it is not unusual for cliffs and mountains to suffer rockslides and that there does not need to be a particular event to trigger them. The cliff at Reynisfjara is unstable and the rockslide is not thought to have been caused by a specific weather event.

Reynisfjara is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions but it was closed yesterday when a man and a child were injured by falling rocks. Since then, a major rockslide has occurred overnight.

Western parts of the beach remain open but visitors are reminded to listen to police and respect closure signs.

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Karlmaður og barn slösuðust þegar grjót hrundi úr berginu fyrir ofan Reynisfjöru í dag. Lögreglan á Suðurlandi hefur lokað fyrir umferð fólks í fjörunni að hluta vegna grjóthrunsins.
 
Fólkið slasaðist ekki alvarlega. Verið er að skoða aðstæður á vettvangi og meta hvort og til hvaða aðgerða verður gripið í kjölfarið. Á myndskeiði sem lögreglan birti á Facebook-síðu sinni má sjá ryk þyrlast upp þegar grjót hrynur úr berginu.
 
Reynisfjara er með fjölförnustu ferðamannastöðum á Íslandi. Þangað er ferðamönnum bæði ekið í skipulögðum hópferðum og ferðamenn á eigin vegum skoða fjöruna. 

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