Ash Cloud From Volcano Over England Europe?

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull's crater is only a mile and a half wide, but the ripple effect of its massive ash cloud is reverberating worldwide and getting worse.
I saw the pictures, there's a massive ash cloud that comes from the volcano and is all over England and Europe.

Volcanic ash sifted down on parts of England and northern Europe today and thousands of planes stayed on the tarmac to avoid the hazardous ash cloud.
Aviation experts said it was among the worst disruptions Europe has ever seen.
Just when I need to go to England.

Volcanic ash is a significant safety threat to aircraft, and the cloud has spread across one of the busiest travel and trade routes in the world, forcing the closure of many of the region's key gateways, from England to France.

Does anyone know when is this ash cloud that is all over England going to disappear from the sky? I need to make a trip to Europe as soon as possible.

asked by Quarter in Geography | 5130 views | 04-16-2010 at 03:56 PM

You will have to wait.

For the second straight day, ash from a volcano in Iceland has continued cause major flight delays across Europe. Only 11,000 of the nearly 28,000 flights that normally pass over Europe are expected to take place on Friday, according to Eurocontrol, an intergovernmental organization that manages air traffic in Europe.

The ash cloud from the unpronounceable Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to drift across parts of England and Northern Europe today. The gritty, abrasive dust can damage aircraft engines and literally grind them to a halt, so the events in Iceland have been canceling airline flights across much of the continent.

Just look at the picture of the ash cloud over Europe.

ash cloud over England Europe

There are lots of fascinating images of the volcano and the ash plume on the Web.
The World Health Organization warned Europeans and said they should try to stay indoors if the ash cloud from Iceland's volcano starts settling because small amounts of ash fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway.

The microscopic ash is potentially dangerous to health because these particles when inhaled can reach the peripheral regions of the bronchioles and lungs and can cause problems especially for people with asthma or respiratory problems

This ash cloud could potentially be a problem for weeks to even months.

The cloud, drifting between 20,000 to 30,000 feet (6,000 to 9,000 meters) high and invisible from the ground, at first blocked the main air flight path between the U.S. east coast and Europe. On Friday, the British Meteorological Office said the cloud's trajectory was taking it over northern France and Austria and into eastern and central Russia at about 25 mph (40 kpm).

Here's a map of the ash cloud right now.

ash cloud over Europe Map

Experts say the Icelandic eruptions could continue on-and-off for months, potentially leading to continued delays and closures. An expedition team that returned from the volcano Thursday found that the eruption was still going strong, with a lot of ash being propelled into the sky.

A spokesman for the Icelandic Met Office said: 'It is likely that the production of ash will continue at a comparable level for some days or weeks. But where it disrupts travel, that depends on the weather. It depends how the wind carries the ash.'

And scientists in Iceland reported as recently as Friday morning that the volcano was continuing to generate a tall plume of ash - contributing to the plume high in the atmosphere that has grounded UK flights.

answered by Doris | 04-16-2010 at 04:05 PM

When volcanoes erupt, they release sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere, where the gas transforms into sulfuric acid droplets, also known as aerosols, which reflect sunlight.

This ash cloud is very dangerous and if you leave in Iceland, you should stay inside and wait until the cloud goes away.
People from England is getting worried about this.

answered by Derek | 04-16-2010 at 08:32 PM

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