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All flights over the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries have been stopped because of the ash coming from Iceland. What a mess!


LONDON - An ash cloud from Iceland's spewing volcano halted air traffic across a wide swathe of Europe on Thursday, grounding planes on a scale unseen since the 2001 terror attacks as authorities stopped all flights over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries. Thousand of flights were canceled, stranding tens of thousands of passengers, and officials said it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again.

In a sobering comment, one scientist in Iceland said the ejection of volcanic ash

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It's weird, it's been a lovely day here, the odd cloud, loads of blue sky - apparently the ash is too small to be really seen. And not a single airplane contrail all day.

Hopefully we'll get one hell of a sunset.

Every cloud has a silver lining. :biggrin:

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Whoa, that's one cheery little website you found there.

haha, well, the article on the super volcano is factual.

After reading your post I checked the site and went to its home page and found more factual (though definitely not cheery) current info:

Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky

The News - Science-Astronomy

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April 15, 2010

Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said.

The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee.

"The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to east," said the NWS in the Quad Cities area, which includes parts of Iowa and Illinois.

"Well before it reached the horizon, it broke up into smaller pieces and was lost from sight," the service said. "Several reports of a prolonged sonic boom were received from areas north of Highway 20, along with shaking of homes, trees and various other objects including wind chimes," it said. ( CNN NEWS )

Western China Earthquake kills more than 400

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April 14, 2010

A series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan area of western China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring more than 10,000 as houses made of mud and wood collapsed, officials said. Many more people were trapped, and the toll was expected to rise.

The largest quake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey as magnitude 6.9. In the aftermath, panicked people, many bleeding from their wounds, flooded the streets of a Qinghai province township where most of the homes had been flattened. Students were reportedly buried inside several damaged schools.

Paramilitary police used shovels to dig through the rubble in the town, footage on state television showed. Officials said excavators were not available. Crews worked to repair the damaged road to the nearest airport and clear the way for equipment and rescue teams. Hospitals were overwhelmed, many lacking even the most basic supplies, and doctors were in short supply.

By nightfall, the airport was operating with emergency power and receiving relief flights carrying medical workers and supplies, state media reported. (YAHOO NEWS)

Powerful 6.8-magnitude quake strikes Solomon Islands

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April 12, 2010

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami alert or reports of damage.

The quake struck at a depth of about 60 kilometres (37 miles) with an epicentre 102 kilometres southwest of Kira Kira on Makira Island at 8:40 pm (0940 GMT) the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no destructive widespread tsunami threat but added in a bulletin: "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100 kilometres of the earthquake epicentre. (Yahoo News)


Oh, and here's a very cool time-lapse video of the fireball in the sky seen in wisconsin last night. I got this from another source:


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Something tells me Apple's stock just skyrocketted. Best advert ever.

Norway's PM, stuck in NYC because of volcano ash, runs nation with iPad


Last Updated: 12:01 PM, April 16, 2010

Posted: 12:00 PM, April 16, 2010

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Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, stranded in New York City due to an erupting volcano, has been governing the country entirely from an iPad.

Stoltenberg, who was in town for President Obama's nuclear summit, was due to return to his country Thursday. But thousands of flights to northern Europe were cancelled because of volcanic ash from the exploding Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

His solution? Stoltenberg pulled out the iPad he's presumably just bought and has started to govern his country with it.

"Due to the delays, I'll be working from New York," Norwegian newspapers reported the president as saying.

Clouds of volcanic dust and ash, floating miles above Earth and capable of knocking out jet engines, have wrecked travel plans for tens of thousands of people, from tourists and business travelers to politicians and royals. They couldn't see the source of their frustration -- except indirectly, when the ash created vivid red and lavender sunsets.

Pilots are advised never to fly though an ash cloud because of the extreme problems it can cause an aircraft. Ingesting ash dust can cause partial or total engine power loss. Simultaneous power loss in all engines has also occured.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/norwegian_pm_stuck_in_nyc_runs_country_MxOQk136qvlTLlJiK3NumJ?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=#ixzz0lHZeYfjy

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Something tells me Apple's stock just skyrocketted. Best advert ever.

Makes me wonder how simple Norway is to govern.

@President -

People of Norway, please change the next 5 days' schedule from: Drink/Ski/Drink/Ski/Drink... to:

Drink/Drink/Drink/Drink/Ski. Should be good snow by then.

Carry on.

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