District Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland closed to aircraft

Column of smoke with ash rising from the crater of the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn, reached an altitude of 20 kilometers. Flights within 222 kilometers (120 miles) are prohibited.

The representative of the Department of Civil Aviation Isavia Hordis Gudmundsdottir said that the ban will be in force until then, until it becomes clear what impact the volcanic ash would have on flights. Its direction of motion in the atmosphere is now determined by strong winds, RIA "Novosti".

A spokesperson for the government, in the next day flights in Europe will not be disrupted. Director of Public Relations airline Icelandair Gudon Arngrimsson also of the opinion that the volcano will not affect flights to and from Iceland.

Eruption that publication Morgunbladid already recognized as a powerful than the previous (2004), will continue for several days. Grimsvotn volcano is near the uninhabited glacier Vatnayokulll.

Serious difficulties for the European air traffic has created eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010. As a result of the no-fly tens of thousands of passengers around the world are stuck in waiting rooms. Most costly (about $ 2.3 billion), the tourism industry has suffered.

Source: km.ru.

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