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Horses, sheep, cats and parrots are stuck in the volcano area

The non-profit organization Dyrfinna, which usually helps find lost animals, has collected information about those that are now supposed to remain in the Grindavik area. According to their information, there are at least 49 horses, 204 sheep, 58 cats, 2 rabbits, 2 hamsters, 13 parrots, 130 pigeons, 50 hens, and 15,000 chickens.

-We have 20 horses, but we can’t go back and collect them yet. They live in a barn outside and have access to food, so the situation is worse with the sheep inside, says Junina Berglind Ivarsdottir, from the Primvaxa Riding Club in Grindavik.

She and her The man, Hjalmar Larsen, says there is hope that someone can reach Grindavik and move the animals to a safer location on the eastern side of the city or a few kilometers north. In the West, it is too dangerous, the authorities told them, and they will primarily try to evacuate the animals on the other side.

– They just said on TV that only a small part of Grindavik is safe enough to get to, maybe about thirty houses, says Hjalmar Larsen.

Many of the roughly 3,700 residents of the area threatened by the volcano were automatically evacuated when small tremors over the past three weeks turned into regular tremors of more than 4 magnitude on Thursday and Friday. By early Saturday, everyone had left, and even the emergency services had left.

The daily morning meeting between Iceland’s Civil Defense, researchers from the University of Iceland and the Fedorstofan Meteorological and Seismological Authority on Sunday reached the assessment that the probability of a volcanic eruption remains high. However, one can try to carry out carefully controlled walks in and out of the Grindavik area in order to bring out as many animals as possible.

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