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Iceland volcano chaos

Volcanic eruption in Iceland appear to be over: report

Icelandic scientists observed signs on Sunday indicating that the 40-day volcanic eruption from under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier may have come to an end. Full story

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Volcanic eruption in Iceland appear to be over: report

2010-05-23 21:58:55 GMT Xinhua English OSLO, May 23 (Xinhua ) -- Icelandic scientists observed signs on Sunday indicating that the 40-day volcanic eruption from under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier may have come to an end.

Europe's travelers ponder a summer turning to ash

2010-05-13 10:56:40 GMT It's been a month now, and Iceland's volcano shows no sign it will stop belching ash across Europe anytime soon. A whole continent is rethinking its summer vacation plans — and struggling airlines are wondering how to cope in the cloud of uncertainty.

Icelandic volcano continues to spew ash

2010-05-06 13:27:51 GMT Xinhua English STOCKHOLM, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The volcano under Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier seemed to be spewing as much ash as it did at the beginning of its eruption, according to reports from Reykjavik on Thursday.

No-fly zone in Britain extended due to new volcanic ash risk

2010-05-05 15:32:45 GMT Xinhua English LONDON, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Wednesday extended a no-fly zone over Scotland, Northern Ireland and northwest England because of volcanic ash.

Volcanic ash cloud costs EU airlines US$3.3b

2010-04-28 02:53:42 GMT Xinhua English BRUSSELS: The ash cloud resulting from a volcanic eruption has caused economic damage of up to 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to the European airline industry, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Britain extends no-fly zone due to volcanic ash

2010-05-17 04:04:24 GMT Xinhua English LONDON, May 16 (Xinhua) -- The British air traffic authorities on Sunday extended the coverage of the no-fly zone imposed for the Icelandic volcanic ash to include London's Heathrow airport. The Heathrow airport will be closed for six hours from 0000 GMT to 0600 GMT on Monday.

Volcanic ash to close Dutch airports

2010-05-17 03:18:35 GMT Xinhua English THE HAGUE, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Volcanic ash from Iceland will force the closure of Amsterdam and Rotterdam airports from 6:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) to 2:00 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Monday, the Dutch state television reported.

Volcanic ash to close London's Heathrow airport

2010-05-17 02:48:24 GMT Europe's busiest airport closed early Monday morning as a dense cloud of volcanic ash drifted across England from Iceland, aviation authorities said.

Ash clears over Europe; airports operate normally

2010-05-10 11:26:59 GMT Flights across Europe were operating normally Monday after a plume of volcanic ash that disrupted air traffic and forced some airports to close over the weekend dispersed, aviation officials said.

Volcanic cloud again affects air traffic in Spain

2010-05-08 11:34:45 GMT Xinhua English MADRID, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Sixteen airports in northern Spain have been closed once again due to the latest eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull since early Friday.

Ash closes some UK airports; London stays open

2010-05-17 06:45:32 GMT A dense cloud of volcanic ash drifting from Iceland forced the closure of airports in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday.

Farmers clean off volcanic ash

2010-04-19 13:59:23 GMT Xinhua English Powerful tremors from an Icelandic volcano that has been a menace for travellers across Europe shook the countryside on Sunday as eruptions hurled a steady stream of ash into the sky.

Volcano ash changes behavior

2010-04-19 06:52:16 GMT The ash and smoke spewing from an Icelandic volcano appear to be lessening. As Richard Roth reports, there's hope that European air traffic will begin returning to normal soon.

Iceland volcano eruption intensifies

2010-04-16 03:26:22 GMT A volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has thrown up a 6-km (3.7 mile) high plume of ash and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe has grown more intense.

European passengers stranded in Nepal queue for tickets

2010-04-22 09:04:54 GMT Xinhua English Passengers queue for tickets outside an airline agency in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, April 22, 2010. Hundreds of foreign passengers stranded in Kathmandu are hopeful of flying home after European governments temporary reopened the airports. The closure of the European airspace casued by the Icelandic volcanic ash has trapped hundreds of thousands of passengers around the world, crippling airlines.

Ash won't cloud Beijing

2010-04-22 05:00:33 GMT China Daily Just a week ago, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland erupted. A huge plume of ash was an unavoidable consequence. Much of Europe's airspace were closed.

Volcano Fallout: Where's the Tuna and Pineapples?

2010-04-21 02:49:43 GMT David Leroy, owner of one of London's hottest sushi restaurants, Chisou, is on his last tuna and when that goes he has no way of getting any more. "One of our tuna suppliers just called and said they have no more until flights resume," Leroy says, shaking his head. He's already run out of sea urchin, monkfish liver and scallops.

Ban on commercial flights due to volcano eruption overcautious: leading expert

2010-04-19 14:08:42 GMT Xinhua English JERUSALEM, April 19 (Xinhua) -- One of the world's pre-eminent authorities on volcanic activity and its effects on the atmosphere said there should not have been a ban on commercial flights over much of Europe in the past five days, though he agrees currently there is no enough information to accurately assess the extent of potential damage to aircraft.

Volcanic paralysis possible in New Zealand: scientists

2010-04-19 08:34:00 GMT Xinhua English WELLINGTON, April 19 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand volcanologists are warning of "volcanic paralysis" such as that which has hit Iceland could strike in New Zealand, Zealand Press Assocaiton reported on Monday.