Another ash cloud? Icelandic volcano shuts country’s airspace

News that ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano closed the country’s airspace and may spread across Europe has raised fears of a repeat of last year’s Eyjafjallajokull eruption which caused massive flight disruptions.

Grimsvoetn began erupting on Saturday, creating an ash cloud some 20 kilometres high, the AFP reported.

Reykjavik, 400 kilometres from the volcano, was sprinkled with ash as the rest of Europe braced for ash to reach the United Kingdom, France and Spain later this week.

Experts warned that the eruption was “powerful” but on the decline.

University of Iceland geophysicist Magnus Tummi Gudmundsson told the AFP “the power of the eruption and the strength of the winds" will determine the impact on air travel.

"This time it is probably going to be more local."

A spokesperson from Iceland’s airport authority, Isavia told the AFP, the airspace closure "affects pretty much all of Iceland".

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
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