New volcanic ash ‘eruption’ threatens Europe airspace

Volcanic ash could reach Europe in days

google photo, Icelandic Coastguard

A plume of ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland is being blown south towards Britain and could reach the airspace over mainland Europe later in the week, meteorological experts said.

The eruption of Grimsvoetn has evoked fears of a repeat of last year’s travel chaos sparked by the eruption of another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjoell, which led to the biggest shutdown of European airspace since World War II.

More than 100,000 flights were cancelled and eight million passengers stranded, dealing a harsh blow to the airline industry, particularly in Europe.

The latest is the most powerful eruption in more than a century from the volcano – located at the heart of the country’s biggest glacier, Vatnajoekull in south-eastern Iceland, with its plume initially reaching a height of 20 kilometres.

Flights from parts of the UK will probably be disrupted on Tuesday (local time), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

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