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WRAP Damage, volunteers, shelters, fissure eruption ADDS tourist

(30 May 2008)

++Dawn Shots
1. Wide of Selfoss with geothermal springs in foreground
2. Group of geothermal springs
3. Columns of steam billowing from newly-created fissure in ground
4. Wide of new geothermal spring with police tape in foreground
5. Various of boiling mud erupting from fissure in ground
6. Wide of damaged farm
7. Various of wrecked sheep pen after barn roof collapsed
8. Close up of bleating lamb after being rescued
9. Close up of dead bird on ground
10. Wide of wrecked sheep pen
11. Wide of Selfoss with steam billowing from geothermal springs

++Dawn Shots
12. Wide of Selfoss
13. Bridge over river in Selfoss

++Day Shots
14. Mid of camp ground
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lorre Napoli, American tourist:
"I travel all over the world and I tend to bring rain everywhere I go. This is the first time I've felt maybe I brought an earthquake to Iceland, because I asked the driver and he said there hadn't been one for quite a while."
Q: Are you worried?
"No, not at all."

++Dawn Shots
16. Police arriving at command post for Icelandic volunteer search and rescue crew
17. Men at work inside tent
18. Exterior of command post with mountain (quake epicentre) in background
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Olafur Jonsson, search and rescue volunteer:
"We are very near because, you see the mountain over there? That's the middle of the earthquake."
Reporter: So how come there hasn't been more damage?
"Because we have good houses, we have concrete houses, well built."
20. Wide of damaged to farm building
21. Various of rubble
22. Wide of farm


Safety cordons were in place to protect the public on Friday after a powerful earthquake in Iceland created new and potentially dangerous changes in the landscape.

In the town of Selfoss, close to the epicentre, a new fissure opened up in the ground.

Boiling mud and steam erupted from the fissure, creating a new geothermal spring in an area already abounding with them.

Police taped off the area in an attempt to deter sightseers.

Earlier on Friday, rescue crews swung into action on after the earthquake shook the country, rocking buildings in the capital, lightly injuring up to 30 people and forcing residents in outlying towns to evacuate.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.2 magnitude quake hit at 3:46 p.m. local time (1546 GMT) on Thursday, with its epicentre near the town of Selfoss, 30 miles (50 kilometres) east-southeast of the capital, Reykjavik.

Up to 30 people were injured in the quake, the Civil Protection Department of Iceland's police said. It said none of the injuries was serious.

One tourist, Lorre Napoli, said she travelled all over the world and joked that "maybe I brought an earthquake to Iceland, because I asked the driver and he said there hadn't been one for quite a while."

Volunteer rescue chief Olafur Jonsson s...

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