Volcano Update: UK Airspace review only at 0300 BST, Apr 18

The Icelandic Weather Office summarises it nicely:

Kristín s Vogfjörð © Bárður EinarssonPhoto taken west from Reynisfjall towards the sea, off the village Vík, south Iceland. Black ash obscuring the sunlight.

“After a few days of quiet in Eyjafjallajökull volcano, a new and much more forceful eruption has begun west of Fimmvörðuháls, under the ice-cap.

The eruption is below the highest peak of Eyjafjallajökull, at the southern rim of the caldera.

A plume rises at least 8 km into the air. No lava is seen yet but melt-water flows both north and south of the mountain.”

From NATS (which has a temporary page up relating to the airspace over the UK clogged up due to the volcanic ash from the volcano in Iceland):

Statement on Icelandic volcanic eruption: Saturday April 17, 2045

The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is moving around and changing shape. Based on the latest information from the Met Office, NATS advises that the restrictions currently in place across UK controlled airspace will remain in place until at least 1300 (UK time) tomorrow, Sunday 18 April.

We will continue to monitor Met Office information and review our arrangements in line with that.   We will advise further arrangements at approximately 0300 (UK time), Sunday 18 April.

Waiting for a VIP from the UK, so it better clear up soon! 🙂 In the meantime, follow the latest on webcams of the volcanic eruption

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