23 May '11, 10am

Ash from erupting volcano in Iceland blown south towards Britain and could reach mainland Europe later in the week.

Ash from erupting volcano in Iceland blown south towards Britain and could reach mainland Europe later in the week.

REYKJAVIK - A plume of ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland is being blown south towards Britain and could reach the airspace over mainland Europe later in the week, meteorological experts said on Monday. The eruption of Grimsvoetn has evoked fears of a repeat of last year's travel chaos sparked by the eruption of another Icelandic volcano which led to the biggest shutdown of European airspace since World War II. "The low-level winds are ... blowing strongly towards the UK," said Peitur Arason of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, while a spokeswoman from its British counterpart said ash was likely to reach parts of northern and western Scotland late Monday and early Tuesday. "How this affects flight routing will be determined by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and NATS (National Air Traffic Services) together with individual airlines," she said. While lower-level ...

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