Friday, April 16, 2010

Volcano chaos as Iceland eruption empties skies in Britain.

Almost all flights in western Europe have been cancelled as a volcanic eruption in Iceland has sent into the air a plume of rock, glass and sand which has made flying impossible.

An unprecedented no-fly zone imposed across Europe following a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland is set to remain in force into the weekend, causing travel chaos for over a million air passengers.

Airspace stretching from Ireland to Finland, including airports in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, was closed today following the violent eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in south-east Iceland which sent a plume of ash across some of the world's busiest flight paths.

All UK airspace was closed from noon except for "agreed emergencies". It is likely to stay shut tomorrow, with the force of the eruption showing no sign of abating.

Last night north-westerly winds continued to blow the eight mile high plume across the continent, raising fears that airlines could be grounded for days. One volcanologist said the ash could present intermittent problems to air traffic for six months if the eruption continued. The last time the volcano erupted in 1821, it spewed ash for two years.

I managed to get on to a train yesterday and we criss-crossed the country packed like sardines in a can.

I can only imagine that things will be get infinitely worse the longer this goes on.

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nunya said...

Don't you love how they ground planes but say it's ok to inhale that shit?

Kel said...

My understanding is that it is currently at 30,000 feet, but it is going to land one day... oh, happy days...