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Iceland Ash Cloud Might Reach Scotland Tonight

By Iceland Review

The British media reported this morning that the ash cloud from the Grímsvötn volcanic eruption in Iceland might reach Scotland tonight. However, its height will probably not exceed 20,000 feet, which is considerably lower than the altitude of most passenger aircraft.


Photo by Guido A. J. Stevens (Gyst), taken shortly after the eruption began on Saturday. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Eurocontrol issued a declaration this morning saying that little or no disturbances to air traffic are expected in the European mainland because of the eruption, although there might be some disruptions to helicopter flights to oil processing areas in the North Sea, according to NRK, the Norwegian state television.

Airports in Iceland were closed this morning, although Keflavík International Airport might reopen soon (click here for updates), and Air Greenland also canceled its flights to Copenhagen today, as the ash cloud from Grímsvötn covered eastern Greenland, reports.

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson stressed in an interview with the BBC today that it is unlikely that the same will happen as during the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull last year when aviation in Europe was brought to a standstill, reports.

The weather conditions are different and the ash particles are coarser, the minister explained, adding that the Icelandic government is cooperating closely with European aviation authorities on information distribution and other eruption-related matters.

The international media have reported extensively on the eruption in Grímsvötn, focusing on possible disruption to air traffic. But the coverage is considerably less sensational than during the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull last year.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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