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Europe Faces a Week of Volcanic Ash Cloud

Filed under: Environment,International — DRJ @ 4:55 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The fallout from Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud is hitting Europe like a ton of bricks:

“Millions of people faced worsening travel chaos Saturday as a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland moved further south and east, forcing European countries to extend flight bans into next week.

France decided to shut the three airports in the Paris area and others in the north of the country until 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on Monday due to the ash cloud that has caused the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II.

Italy also said it would not allow any flights until 0600 GMT Monday, Ireland shut its airspace until 1200 GMT Sunday and Britain and Germany lengthened bans on most flights in their airspace until 0600 GMT Sunday.

Additionally, British Airways cancelled all its flights due to have arrived in and depart London on Sunday.

Winds blowing the massive cloud eastward from Iceland to Russia will continue in the same direction for at least two days and could go on until the middle of next week, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said on Saturday.”

Poland has been forced to shut its airspace, making it virtually impossible for the world’s leaders to attend the funeral for the Polish President killed last week in a plane crash on his way to a World War II memorial service in Russia.


2 Responses to “Europe Faces a Week of Volcanic Ash Cloud”

  1. It’s amazing to me how Mother Nature makes us look so puny anytime she wants.

    JEA (2b7854)

  2. I am stuck in Johannesburg because my normal route back home takes me through Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

    Luckily, there is a as flight that goes from Jo’burg to Atlanta, but it’s 17 hours in a plane, which is way too long.

    I had to fight with the corporate travel agent when booking this trip because they wanted to fly me through Charles de Gaul. I don’t like CDG and the flight would leave too early in the work-day. If I had taken that flight, I would have landed in Paris on Thursday and been stuck there.

    Xmas (b84249)

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