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Iceland Ash Clouds to Spread Over Europe

Friday, 16 April 2010 09:20 AM

LONDON - The picture of whether Iceland's volcanic eruption is intensifying or abating remains murky, particularly since the webcam images on Friday morning were shrouded in cloud.

Scientists are struggling to work out if the eruption itself could continue for days, weeks or even months.

But, as Professor Jon Davidson - an earth scientist from the University of Durham - told BBC News, it is not the eruption per se that is causing the problem.

"It's the fact that the prevailing winds are driving the ash plume over the UK," he explained.

And scientists in Iceland reported as recently as Friday morning that the volcano was continuing to generate a tall plume of ash - contributing to the plume high in the atmosphere that has grounded UK flights.

They say that could continue for several days.

Dr David Rothery, a volcanologist from the UK's Open University agrees this could happen, but suggests that it is unlikely.
The volcanic ash cloud
The volcanic ash cloud is currently at about 30,000ft

"It is usual that an explosive eruption like this has its most intensive point at the start and that it gradually subsides," he told BBC News.

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