Monday, April 19, 2010

Volcanic ash moving west

Ash rising from this Iceland volcano continues to ground air travel in Europe causing a ripple effect around the globe. The economic impact will be significant. BBC Photo

The erupting volcano under the Eyjafjallajoekull Glacier in Iceland continues to send ash thousands of kilometres across the Atlantic into northern Europe. The ash has grounded air travel since last Wednesday forcing cancellation of over 4000 flights and stranding thousands of passengers. There are indications that the ash is now moving westward towards Canadian air space and Newfoundland. Low pressure in the north Atlantic is creating a northeast wind in Newfoundland carrying the ash towards that province. The exact impact is not clear at this time, however Environment Canada is closely monitoring the situation. Several flights to St. John's have already been cancelled. A special statement has been issued by Environment Canada HERE.

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