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A volcanic cloud from Iceland is being blown over Northern Europe, and has caused the closing of airports.

BBC Live Reports http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8622438.stm

The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Scott says that up to 600,000 travelers across the UK have been stranded because of the flight cancellations.

Caro in Beijing says:

We're supposed to be flying home tomorrow morning but flight cancelled. BA can only offer a flight on the 27th - an extra 11 days! They have seats but won't upgrade us without paying thousands extra and the insurance policy won't pay for an alternative flight. Crazy!

It's not just tourists. British sport has been hit by the volcanic ash cloud. Rugby League Challenge Cup games are in doubt - and the Great Britain Ice Hockey team's trip to Slovenia will only happen if the team spend 26 hours on a bus.

1730 Time to recap. The cloud emitting from the volcano in Iceland is still drifting south-east into Europe. Air traffic has been grounded in the UK until at least 0700 BST Friday - although there is no guarantee that flights will resume then. There will be an update from the national air traffic agency at about 2000 BST.

Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland has told planes to stay on the runway . France has closed Paris' two airports and about two dozen to the north. Scandinavian nations have also been hit very badly by the cloud, as has northern Russia.

Germany is still assessing the situation - which means that lots of people booked on long-haul flights are considering reaching Frankfurt to make connections. When will it end? Nobody knows. The European air traffic agency says the disruption could last for another 48 hours. So as the UK hunkers down under the volcanic ash cloud, it's a case of waiting to see if the wind changes direction.

1648 Eurocontrol, the air traffic control agency, says that the volcanic cloud could lead to two more days of disruption.

1640 Trivia time. According to the US Geological Survey, it knows of 100 incidents up until 2000 during which an aircraft flew into volcanic ash clouds. In some cases the engines did shut down after sucking in debris - but then successfully restarted once they were clear of the area. So, just to underline that, no fatal incidents that anyone can recall. You can read the fascinating story of what happened to one British Airways jet in 1982 on the Magazine. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8622099.stm

1625 All five of the West Midlands' air ambulances have been grounded, with crews redeployed into rapid response cars. They say they are waiting for advice from civil aviation authority.

1612 France says that Paris' two main airports are to close along with almost two dozen more across the north of the closure. The airports will be closed from 2100 GMT.

1609

The BBC's Richard Black says:

This eruption happened underneath a glacier, and the combined power of fire and ice released dust in an explosive plume that soared more than ten kilometres into the atmosphere. But the overall volume of material released is comparatively small. Experts believe the dust will dissipate naturally through the atmosphere, coming down to the Earth's surface gradually. That suggests a minimal impact on human health. The key question is what the volcano does next.

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The name of this volcano is Eyjafjallajokull . huh.gif Anybody know how to pronounce it?

Say it!! I can't even spell it! slapface.gif lol

Facinating stuff! Glad I'm not traveling by air any time soon - I guess neither are the thousands stranded at airports around the world. The news last night mentioned that the last time this bad boy erupted it lasted for 18 months!!!! Can't imagine air travel shut down for that long - I guess they are waiting on the jet stream to shift and stop picking all the ash and junk. Wonder how long that will take?

It's an interesting problem though, imagine air traffic grounded in the northern hemisphere for a year or more? It's not likely to last that long, but ... what if?

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The name of this volcano is Eyjafjallajokull . :huh: Anybody know how to pronounce it?

I think for Icelander's it's pronounced... "Mama you got to go"!! Ha Ha Ha

Iceland's speech is a "Dutch-type" language. Lot's of "J's" in there, witch is, if I'm not mistaken, pronounced like a "Y" if your translating to English.

According to wiki...

Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced [ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœːkʏtl̥], translated as "island-mountains glacier") (About this sound listen (help·info)) is one of the smaller glaciers of Iceland. It is situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of the larger glacier Mýrdalsjökull.

The icecap of the glacier covers a volcano (1,666 metres or 5,466 ft in height) which has erupted relatively frequently since the Ice Age, at times bringing rhyolite to the surface.[1] The volcano erupted twice in 2010, on 20 March and 15 April. The April eruption caused massive disruption to air traffic across Northern Europe, with scientists claiming it was ten to twenty times more powerful than the March event. The most recent previous eruption was from 1821 to 1823, causing a fatal glacial lake outburst flood.[citation needed] A previous eruption was in 1612. The crater of the volcano has a diameter of 3–4 kilometres (1.9–2.5 mi) and the glacier covers an area of about 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi).

The south end of the mountain was once part of the island's Atlantic coastline. As the sea has since retreated some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the former coastline has left behind sheer cliffs with a multitude of beautiful waterfalls, of which the best known is Skógafoss. In strong winds, the water of the smaller falls can even be blown up the mountain.

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I think for Icelander's it's pronounced... "Mama you got to go"!! Ha Ha Ha

Iceland's speech is a "Dutch-type" language. Lot's of "J's" in there, witch is, if I'm not mistaken, pronounced like a "Y" if your translating to English.

According to wiki...

Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced [ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœːkʏtl̥], translated as "island-mountains glacier") (About this sound listen (help·info)) is one of the smaller glaciers of Iceland. It is situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of the larger glacier Mýrdalsjökull.

The icecap of the glacier covers a volcano (1,666 metres or 5,466 ft in height) which has erupted relatively frequently since the Ice Age, at times bringing rhyolite to the surface.[1] The volcano erupted twice in 2010, on 20 March and 15 April. The April eruption caused massive disruption to air traffic across Northern Europe, with scientists claiming it was ten to twenty times more powerful than the March event. The most recent previous eruption was from 1821 to 1823, causing a fatal glacial lake outburst flood.[citation needed] A previous eruption was in 1612. The crater of the volcano has a diameter of 3–4 kilometres (1.9–2.5 mi) and the glacier covers an area of about 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi).

The south end of the mountain was once part of the island's Atlantic coastline. As the sea has since retreated some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the former coastline has left behind sheer cliffs with a multitude of beautiful waterfalls, of which the best known is Skógafoss. In strong winds, the water of the smaller falls can even be blown up the mountain.

When Mt St Helens erupted, no news reporter seemed to have a problem the name..
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"Of the eight eruptions in the last 40 years, only the recent eruption at Eyjafjallajokull was followed by winds blowing southeast toward northern Europe.

An international pilots group warned of continued danger because of the ash, which drifted over the North Sea and was being pushed back over Britain on Tuesday by shifty north winds.

The volcano is also grumbling tremors, which geologists believe to be caused by magma rising through the crust, can be heard and felt as far as 25 kilometers from the crater. "It's like a shaking in the belly. People in the area a disturbed by this," said Kristin Vogfjord, geologist at the Icelandic Met Office.

...Still, scientists were worried that the eruption could trigger an even larger eruption at the nearby Katla volcano, which sits on the massive Myrdalsjokull icecap and has erupted every 80 or so years. Its last major eruption was in 1918.

Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, geophysicist at the University of Iceland, said there was circumstantial evidence that an eruption could occur within the next 18 months at the nearby Katla volcano.

"We can of course expect similar (travel) disruption with the Katla eruption," he said. "But it all depends on prevailing winds.""

from Some EU flights resume but travel chaos not over

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When I saw that picture, I thought .... " I AM THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ ! ! ! "

Flickr Photos / Slideshows of the Eruption:

Volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull
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Every UK airport has been closed today - including Heathrow, the busiest in Europe. Quite an act of God.

Ban led by flawed computer models

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1c05510c-4c13-11df-a217-00144feab49a.html

The computer models that guided decisions to impose a no-fly zone across most of Europe in recent days are based on incomplete science and limited data, according to European officials. As a result, they may have overstated the risks to the public, needlessly grounding flights and damaging businesses.

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Pics 12, 20 and 21 looks like the dust bowl back in the 30's. :o

And in 20 with the car in the distance, you really get a perspective of just how massive this moving cloud was. It's the stuff the ancients would have made cataclysmic stories of.

I really like the last few with the red lighting. It's an overused word, but in this case it fits - an awesome sight.

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