Posted tagged ‘Volcano’

Volcanic Ash Cloud Disrupts Flights

June 29, 2011

An ash cloud from a Chilean volcano is disrupting air travel in Australia and New Zealand.

From CNN:

“Volcanic ash from the eruption of the Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile continues to cause flight disruptions to the Qantas network,” the airline said in a statement.

“At Qantas safety is our first priority and a number of flights have been canceled or rerouted to avoid the volcanic ash cloud.”

Qantas and Jetstar suspended Wednesday flights to and from Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington.

Qantas flights between Sydney and Buenos Aires are delayed.


Volcano Ash Cloud Moves Over UK

May 24, 2011

A cloud of ash from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano is spreading towards central Europe, forcing airlines in Britain to cancel hundreds of flights for the second time in little more than a year.

From CNN:

The ash cloud began to reach London’s Heathrow airport — the world’s busiest international air travel hub — around lunchtime, a computer model indicated. The European air traffic control organization Eurocontrol reported about 500 flights in British airspace would be canceled Tuesday, roughly double the number expected earlier in the day.

The ash cloud was projected to cover all of British airspace by early Wednesday morning and will be densest over Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England, according to Britain’s weather agency, the Met Office.

Ash From Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Grounds Flights Again

May 5, 2010

Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland has shut down airports in England and Ireland again today, causing disruptions to hundreds of passengers.

From CNN:

Glasgow airport in Scotland closed at 7 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), and both main airports in Belfast, Northern Ireland, were due to close at 1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET), Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority said. The restrictions were due to last until 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) and included nine other airports in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the CAA said.

In Ireland, the airports in Dublin and three other cities were closed to flights “until further notice,” the Irish Aviation Authority said. The IAA lifted earlier restrictions on other airports, including Shannon, but said they could be reimposed later.

Planes Flying Again in Europe

April 22, 2010

Flights across Europe are expected to return to normal today, seven days after ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace and stranded thousands of passengers around the world.

From CNN:

The mood among passengers was one of cautious optimism. After days of endless waiting, many reserved their celebrations for when they were airborne.

“I think when we land down in America, then we’ll know we’re there. But at the minute, we’re a bit cautious,” said Georgina Evett.

She was part of a group trying to fly from Manchester, England, to Florida for a world cheerleading championship this week.

Manchester Airport was among many where flights are now taking off and landing.

The closure of so much European airspace for nearly a week left untold numbers of travelers stranded, and it’s not clear how long it will take to get everyone home.

Philippines Volcano Shakes Once Again

December 16, 2009

More than 30,000 people have fled their homes ahead of an expected eruption of the Mayon volcano in the central Philippines.

From CNN:

Philippine authorities have said a large-scale eruption of the 2,464-meter (8,077-foot) peak is imminent, and have begun trying to evacuate about 50,000 people living around the nation’s most active volcano.

Gwendolyn Pang, the secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross, said the ground around the mountain shook several times Wednesday. Emergency workers have so far evacuated 30,751 people, with 21 centers set up to take in the evacuees, she said.

People in surrounding Albay province have flocked to town centers to catch a glimpse of glowing lava cascading down the slopes of Mayon since the mountain began oozing fiery lava and belching clouds of ash this week.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised its alert level for the Mayon volcano Monday night, warning that a full-scale eruption could occur “within weeks to days.” The volcano, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Philippine capital Manila, has gone off 49 times since the first documented eruption in 1616.

Earthquake Rattles Island of Hawaii

April 14, 2009

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.1 has struck the island of Hawaii.

From KHNL:

The quake’s epicenter was located 27 miles south of the city of Hilo and about 9 miles south of the town of Volcano.

The earthquake was felt at 12:44 Tuesday. The exact coordinates of the quake are 19.328°N, 155.210°W.

It is unknown if the earthquake poses any tsunami threat at this time.

Undersea Volcano Erupts in Tonga

March 19, 2009

Scientists are inspecting an undersea volcano that has been erupting for days near Tonga.

The volcano is shooting smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the sky above the South Pacific ocean.

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

From the Associated Press:

Authorities said Thursday the eruption does not pose any danger to islanders at this stage, and there have been no reports of fish or other animals being affected.

Spectacular columns are spewing out of the sea about 6 miles from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu — an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, geologists said.

Trade winds continued to blow gas and steam away from the island Thursday.

No warnings yet
Tonga’s police deputy commander Taniela Faletau said coastal villages close to the roiling ocean site were not yet at risk and that no warnings had been issued.

Police were waiting for a government team of officials and scientists to survey the area and report on their observations before taking any action.

Coastal residents said the steam and ash column first appeared on Monday morning, after a series of sharp earthquakes were felt in the capital, Nuku’alofa.