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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Unearthing the truth about volcanic ash: Spain has been spared for 40,000 years, and other facts

Science Daily reports that research from scientists in the UK shows Spain has been spared volcanic ash falls for the past 40,000 years and so could serve as an emergency flight hub in the event of future eruptions.

Dr Simon Blockley, from the Department of Geography and Earth Science of Royal Holloway University of London, says: "One interesting point that emerges from our database is the common transport patterns of the Icelandic ash falls and, more importantly, the apparent absence of volcanic ash from sites in Spain". He went on to say "So far the number of sites investigated in Spain for these tiny volcanic glass particles is relatively low, and there is therefore urgent need for further research, but the evidence uncovered thus far lends support to the proposal to view Spain as a potential emergency international air travel hub during times of Icelandic ash dispersal over Europe."

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  1. AnonymousMay 08, 2010


    The ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano 'Eyjafjall' has been forced to close sixteen other Spanish airports. Are those of Santiago, Vigo, A Coruña, Asturias, Santander, Burgos, León, Valladolid, Salamanca, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria Zaragoza, Pamplona and La Rioja.

    The evolution of the volcanic ash cloud will force these airports close from 12.00 hours on Saturday. Lleida Airport, which the company does not pertain to Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (Aena), is also closed.


    La nube de ceniza procedente del volcán islandés 'Eyjafjalla' ha obligado a cerrar otros dieciséis aeropuertos españoles. Son los de Santiago, Vigo, A Coruña, Asturias, Santander, Burgos, León, Valladolid, Salamanca, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Pamplona y La Rioja.

    La evolución de la nube de cenizas volcánicas obligará a cerrar estos aeropuertos a partir de las 12.00 horas de este sábado. El aeropuerto de Lleida, que no pertence a la empresa Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena), también está cerrado.

  2. Anonymous - Thanks for reading my blog, perhaps you might leave your name next time.

    The following news was put out by Eurocontrol:

    "As of 12.00 CET on 8 May 2010, EUROCONTROL has the following update to make with regard to the situation of air traffic in Europe:

    Ash eruptions are ongoing and the area of potential ash contamination is expanding in particular between the ground and 20,000 feet. As a result, during the day, the area affected by volcanic ash is expected to extend from Iceland, south to Portugal and possibly as far east as Barcelona and Marseille. Airports are closed or expected to close in northern Portugal, the north of Spain and parts of southern France. The latest ‘Air Ash Concentration Charts’ describing those areas where no-fly zone proposals have been made to the EUROCONTROL Member States are attached.

    Transatlantic flights are being re-routed around the affected area which is causing substantial delays to these flights. The reduction of available airspace is also impacting flights arriving in or departing from the Iberian Peninsula and delays could be expected."

    Perhaps Dr Simon Blockley and his colleagues will re-appraise their report!


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