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Follow the Icelandic ash cloud's progress

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-04-18

The impact of the Icelandic volcano ash plume, which has brought air traffic to a grinding halt, is expected to last for several days, experts say. Scroll down to follow the ash cloud’s progress and for weather reports.

Weather and winds

The Icelandic volcano ash cloud brought air travel in Europe to a virtual standstill on Thursday April 14.  Any improvement in air traffic will depend on the volcano, wind direction and the weather conditions across the continent.  

For the latest weather advisory :

The UK's Met office is closely following the impact of the volcanic ash with a map of dust observations, an image gallery and forecasters' blog.

Satellite image of the volcanic ash cloud over European air space on Friday. Source: EUMETSAT

The Icelandic Met office provides regular updates on volcanic actvity and wind directions.

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) provides a range of information, animations and live sattelite images of the ash cloud.

In Iceland

Iceland's second volcano eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in less than a month is showing signs of tapering off, a geophysicist told AFP on Saturday. However, he warned that other, and possibly more powerful, eruptions could be in the works. 

Iceland's national television network RUV has been uploading images of ash clouds and dust from Thursday's volcanic eruption.

While air travel chaos wreaked havoc across most of the European, there are few signs of alarm in Iceland. Read what our FRANCE 24 Observers have to say.

Date created : 2010-04-18

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