Ash from the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is now drifting towards Ireland, causing the closure of all airports in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the northern part of Scotland, especially the Hebrides.
The ash cloud at an earlier stage of the eruption. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.
However, flights to and from these destinations might resume in the afternoon and the flight ban does not extend to England or the European mainland, visir.is reports.
The flight ban disrupts the travel plans of Tory leader David Cameron, who was planning to go on his first campaign trip to Northern Ireland this morning.
Metorologist Óli Thór Árnason at the Icelandic Meteorological Office told Fréttabladid that although winds are carrying ash towards Ireland, the quantity is much smaller than during the first days of the eruption.
Árnason explained that not as much ash is being emitted from the crater as before and the ash cloud only reaches a height of 16,000 feet compared to 30,000 feet, as it did when the volcano caused a widespread flight ban.
The ash isn’t being carried as far as it has been. “Even though it will be carried southwards along Ireland’s western coast, the Faroe Islands should be spared, for example,” Árnason said.
However, according to the latest news, airports in the Faroe Islands have also been closed because of the ash.
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