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Title: Flying into volcanic ash!
Authors: Srivastava, Bimal
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland shut down several airports in much of Europe. Clouds of volcanic ash could pose dangers for flying aircraft. There is no place in the world where you can see a combination of volcanic eruptions and glaciers, except of course, Iceland. The spectacle was on display in full flow in the middle of April recently. On 14 April 2010, volcanic ash clouds drifting from Iceland's spewing volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier (situated in Southern Iceland) forced closure of air space over northern Europe. It was the second time in less than a month that the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted and the first major eruption since 1821, since when it has lain dormant. The expelling dust and ash made it extremely difficult for operation of aviation traffic, and the phase of low visibility continued to trouble British airlines for the next few days. The 10-km-high plume of ash affected millions of air travellers, with much of Europe shutting its airports, including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belgium. The worst affected was the British Aviation Industry, as all flights to Heathrow Airport in London came to a total halt. Germany and France closed some of their major airports. The number of flights cancelled worldwide was about 6000.
Page(s): 19-22
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(06) [June 2010]

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