Sunday, 22 May 2011

Aviation experts monitor second Iceland ash cloud

Scientists in Reykjavik are monitoring a plume of ash, smoke and steam from a volcano which has risen twelve miles into the air. There is no sign that it is to affect international airline travel.

The volcano in question is The Grimsvotn which has not erupted since 2004.The eruption has resulted in a main road being closed where heavy ash has been reported as falling and a no-fly zone of 120 nautical miles in all directions around the volcano.

When the last eruption occurred in 2004, transatlantic flights had to be re-routed south of Iceland but no airports were closed.

The eruption is unlikely to affect air traffic in the same way as the Eyjafjallajokull volcano of 2010.

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