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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 14 July, 2002

Traditions continues with Royal Regatta

LAAKTUMAA, Øtali-Þorja (AP) - Over 120 entries set sail in the 104th annual Royal Regatta Classics from Laaktumaa Harbour this afternoon. The century-old prestigious event once again features the same route around Fyksland in a week-long journey. This year Prince Hviliem -- who finished in second place last year -- opened the formal stately affair, which continues to rely solely on private support from members of the high society of Fyksland. Full story...

Monday, 15 July, 2002

FV leader in court

PORTI ISKTIS, Viske (VKK) - Fiskýr Vriegetufórsid's leader Mágnus Hároldson appeared in court today in connection with January's Viske terrorist bombing. The leader of the Viske separatist party claimed responsibility the day after the bombing outside the Viske duchy legislature that killed three people, injuring 10 others and causing property damage. Hároldson's defense attorneys argue their client could not get a fair trial in a Visken courtroom. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 12 August in Niekopenhaag. Full story...

Tuesday, 16 July, 2002

Seismic activities threaten northern communities

PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (VKK) - Over 5,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate in eight counties across the duchies of Viske and Lundvog as a column of black smoke was seen rising from Mount Hviektmun Tuesday morning. Forest and Parks Services have also evacuated and closed off two national parks in the area indefinitely as a fracture has been observed forming on Mount Hviektmun at 4,082 m above sea level. The Fótnur and Vøstrinki National Parks, famous for their geysers and rich forests, are located within the shadow of Mount Hviektmun - deemed as an inactive volcano until today. The Royal Observatory have also reported increased seismic activities including dozen of minor earthquakes. Full story...

Undersea eruptions monitored

PORTI ISKTIS, Viske (VKK) - Seismologists and scientists are closely monitoring a series of undersea volcanic eruptions just off the northern coast of Viske. Since Monday evening, the Royal Observatory has been detecting continual seismic activities occuring just over 75 km northeast of Cape Olavsur. Seismologists are determining if the undersea eruptions and a possible eruption in Mount Hviektmun are related as part of a larger system of seismic event. According to the Royal Observatory, however, the undersea eruptions pose no immediate threat to coastal communities in the north. Full story...

Wednesday, 17 July, 2002

Hviektmun smoke looms over Fyksland

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - As Mount Hviektmun continues to issue a dark column of volcanic ash for the second day, darkness engulfs most part of Fyksland. Mount Hviektmun -- with its last volcanic activity recorded in 3 A.D. -- has become volcanically active since yesterday morning. According to the Royal Observatory, strong wind condition have been preventing an ash shower on Fyksland mainland, but soon it would change as calmer weather is predicted starting Thursday. Observatory in Iceland have reported northwesterly winds have carried ash clouds to as far as 120 km west of Reykjavík. Defense Minister Paul Kristensen said the Royal Armed Guards have been deployed since Tuesday to Viske and Lundvog in preparation for what may be a disaster waiting to erupt. Full story...

Thursday, 18 July, 2002

Fyksland faces heavy ash shower

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The humid and hot weather has become even more unbearable today as volcanic ash from the Mount Hviektmun eruption begins to descend over most of Fyksland. According to the Royal Observatory, the calm and humid weather creates a heavier ash shower that is particularly hazardous to public health and safety. Full story...

Smoke and ash shut down airports

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Air transportation is grounded across Fyksland as layers of ash begins descending over most parts of Fyksland. Poor visibility and air particulates have made air travel nearly impossible over Fyksland. Kjastrop International Airport in Niekopenhaag is the only airport remaining operational to handle limited flights. Full story...

Friday, 19 July, 2002

All smoke and no fire

PORTI ISKTIS, Viske (VKK) - As the ejection of black smoke from Mount Hviektmun begins to subside Friday morning, the Royal Observatory continues to closely monitor seismic and volcanic activities. According to Mit Eirnig, senior seismologist at the Royal Observatory, Mount Hviektmun poses minimal risk of a full blown eruption. However, evacuated zone remains closed as the Mount Hviektmun area is still hazardous due to possible release of heavy and toxic gas from the volcano such as sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, said Eirnig. Full story...

Saturday, 20 July, 2002

Ash clean-up costs billions

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (VKK) - Residents and businesses around Fyksland are digging out from one of the most unusual disasters to have occurred in centuries. Much of Fyksland was covered in 10 to 15 centimeters of volcanic ash after Mount Hviektmun had seized its eruption yesterday. The central highlands were most heavily affected, with ash accumulation of over 30 centimeters recorded in Nugjølut. The governement estimates municipal clean-up and disposal cost will be in the billions. Full story...

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