Iceland Volcano Update - 7 May

Friday 7, May 2010


Iceland Volcano Update - 7 May


Information received from the Icelandic Meteorological Office has confirmed that explosive activity from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano increased in the last two days with ash ejected to a height of between 20,000 and 30,000 ft at times.


The Icelandic Met Office state that there are no signs that the eruption is about to end.


Winds remain from the north-east at present with ash remaining to the west of the UK. As a result NATS continues to advise aircrafts about airspace restrictions affecting transatlantic flights, allowing them to cross the Atlantic safely.


Later in the weekend weather patterns are set to change and may bring the ash cloud back into parts of UK airspace toward the end of the weekend and into next week.


The situation remains very dynamic. As the volcanic activity changes, the Met Office will continue to provide timely information to NATS and CAA about the dispersion of the volcanic ash, in line with the new engine criteria set by the CAA and the aviation industry.


Any decisions on airspace closures are the responsibility of CAA and further information on the impacts of this increased activity should be sought from them.




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