Icelandic volcano still active, but ash minimal, European air clear

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BRUSSELS (AP) - The Icelandic volcano that sent a crippling cloud of ash over much of Europe remains active, though scientists say it's producing far less ash than before.

Authorities say Europe's airspace is almost completely free of volcanic ash today and flights have been proceeding normally.

The exception is Iceland itself, which was forced to close its major international airport for the first time since the April 14 eruption. Shifting winds have blown the ash cloud toward the capital, Reykjavik. Trans-Atlantic flights that usually stop in Iceland are being rerouted through Glasgow in
Scotland.

A geophysicist at the University of Iceland tells the Associated Press that the threat from the volcano is now local. He says the plume it's emitting is mostly steam with only a small fraction of the ash it had a week ago.
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