With recent volcanic activity how long will it take before anyone considers Iceland for a data center?

We've all seen the Iceland gov't delegation at various data center conferences, and they have had a web site up to promote their site.


Our competitive operating environment compares favourably with leading countries in the industrial world. Add to this our green renewable energy, low tax structure, high education levels, abundant land and competitive costs for skilled labour, and you will quickly discover that Iceland is a strong candidate as a location for international data centre operations.

Connected to the world

Just when they thought the gov't instability and Fiber connectivity were addressed, their statement on low risk natural disasters is irrelevant.

MSNBC reports on the latest volcanic activity and flooding.

Iceland evacuates hundreds as volcano erupts again


Associated Press Writers, Associated Press Writers

updated 33 minutes ago

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - A volcano under a glacier in Iceland erupted Wednesday for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air, closing a major road and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters.

Authorities evacuated 800 residents from around the Eyjafjallajokull glacier as rivers rose by up to 10 feet (3 meters).

Emergency officials and scientists said the eruption under the ice cap was 10 to 20 times more powerful than one last month, and carried a much greater risk of widespread flooding.

Can anyone be taken seriously now if they listed Iceland as a site for a data center?

The risk may have been no higher for Iceland than other countries, but perception of risks given recent volcanic activity have changed.  The general public would say the risk of Volcanic activity is 100%. :-)