12 Jun '11, 2am

Volcano ash from Puyehue volcano in Chile grounds flights in Australia & NZ #ashtag

Volcano ash from Puyehue volcano in Chile grounds flights in Australia & NZ #ashtag

A view of the ash plume from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near the mountain resort San Martin de Los Andes in Argentina's Patagonia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SYDNEY - ASH from Chile's volcanic eruptions prompted Australian airline Qantas to ground some domestic flights and travel to and from New Zealand on Sunday, after plumes drifted across the Pacific. Strong winds have carried the ash some 9,400km across the Pacific to New Zealand since the Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted more than a week ago. Qantas Sunday cancelled all flights to and from the south-eastern island of Tasmania and services from Sydney and Melbourne to Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington in neighbouring New Zealand, a spokesman said. 'At this stage it's only for today,' she told AFP, adding that so far some 1,500 passengers had been affected. 'We're monitoring the situation and working closel...

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