The spread of ash clouds: Ethiopian volcanic eruption

AboutBlake ash from the eruption of Nabro volcano in the north-east African state of Eritrea continues to spread throughout East Africa and the Middle East. Disruption to air traffic is expected to be minimal, however, compared with the widespread flight cancellations and the eruption of the Grimsvotn (Iceland) and Puyehue (Chile) volcanoes. Last ash advisory issued by the volcanic ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) in Toulouse, France, predicts that the ash plume extends to parts of Eurasia late Tuesday. By midnight, the ash plume is expected to hit the west-east jet stream and spread in the sky over parts of Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Central African Republic (CAR), Djibouti, Somalia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Satellite imagery from the satellite Modis, shows that the level of ash from the volcano does not significantly reduce the overnight while the level of seismic activity in the region also declined. Pictures have shown, however, the presence of ash in Eritrea and neighboring Sudan, Djibouti and Ethopia. Vriable winds in the region contributed to the spreading ash plume. Officials in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, expressed the hope that the rain forecast for the last Tuesday of the ash cloud will dissipate. Until now, the loop has a limited impact on air travel with only a handful of flights canceled. German airline Lufthansa canceled flights from Eritrea capital Asmara on Monday and another flight to Addis Ababa. In the Emirates flight from Entebbe in Uganda to Ethiopia Bole International Airport has also been canceled. Turkish Airlines has announced the cancellation of four distinct services, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. These included: (TK 680/681) Istanbul-Khartoum-Istanbul (TK 676/677) Istanbul-Addis Ababa-Istanbul (TK 601/602) Istanbul-Entebbe-Istanbul (TK 603/604) Istanbul-Nairobi Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Istanbul. —Irish Weather

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