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  • #91
    Originally posted by Kaleb View Post
    Perhaps The Lord wanted to make sure the flight path over Europe was clear?
    We can only hope.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by In Christ View Post
      Incredible... Ok Newshouds, Megan and Zerozx... Great job!

      This is amazing, I wonder how it all plays into prophecy??? Eq's, Volcano's, Floods... Yep... Its getting close! Ok... I am looking up!
      I don't think this is a significant enough event to be a part of prophecy on it's own. The 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philipines put far more ash into the upper atmosphere. So much so the we had glorious sunsets for the next two years and cooler temps as well. And Mt. Pinatubo wasn't the worst we have had in recent ages.

      Now if Yellowstone or another supervolcano goes off I would definitely call it prophetic.

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      • #93
        Eurocontrol says between 5,000 and 6,000 flights were cancelled due to volcanic ash on Thursday, says ash will continue to affect northern Europe on Friday.

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        • #94
          Yes, we just had an employee trying to get from Kenya to Amsterdam, and because the flights are so limited now due to the ash, her ticket cost $2000...

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          • #95
            Volcanic ash turns north Europe into no-fly zone - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63E1TM20100415

            (Reuters) - A huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano turned the skies of northern Europe into a no-fly zone on Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers.

            The European air safety organization said the disruption, the biggest seen in the region, could last another two days and a leading volcano expert said the ash could present intermittent problems to air traffic for 6 months if the eruption continued.

            Even if the disruption is short lived, the financial impact on airlines could be significant, a consultant said. The International Air Transport Association had said only days ago airlines were slowly coming out of recession.

            The volcano began erupting on Wednesday for the second time in a month from below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. It hurled a plume of ash six to 11 kilometers (3.8 to 7 miles) into the atmosphere, and this spread south east overnight.

            Volcanic ash contains tiny particles of glass and pulverized rock which can damage engines and airframes and an Icelandic volcanologist said on Thursday the eruption was growing more intense.

            Britain barred flights in its air space, except in emergencies, until at least 0600 GMT on Friday, with a flight returning soldiers from Afghanistan having to be held in Cyprus.

            It was the first time within living memory that a natural disaster had caused such a halt, a spokeswoman for Britain's National Air Traffic Service (NATS) said. Even after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Britain did not close its air space.

            John Strickland, director of air transport consultancy JLS Consulting, saw possible broader hazards.

            "Iceland sits right on one of the key routes between Europe and the USA and... depending on meteorological conditions it could also affect flights from Europe to Asia so there are two big international flows which could be affected by this."

            FURTHER 48 HOURS

            French authorities said they would close 24 airports across northern France before the end of Thursday, including in Paris. Brussels, Amsterdam and Geneva airports said they had canceled a large number of flights and Eurocontrol spokesman Brian Flynn said the problem could persist for a further 48 hours.

            Finland closed all airports except Helsinki-Vantaa.

            The Association of British Insurers said volcanic eruptions were not always covered by travel insurance for cancellation and delay. But some airlines issued statements confirming they would refund fares or change flights.

            Airline staff at Stansted airport, north-east of London, told customers it could be closed until Sunday, said stranded passenger Andy Evans.

            "People just don't know what to do," he said. "There are hundreds of people in the queues at the sales desks."

            A spokesman at Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, said 840 out of 1,250 flights on Thursday were affected, disrupting about 180,000 passengers. More than 120,000 other passengers were affected at Gatwick, Stansted and Glasgow airports.

            "There is a big financial impact on the airlines," said Strickland of JLS consulting. "We are now looking at least a day's business wiped out for the airline business ... even if things were meteorologically fine to fly tomorrow by that time the airlines will have all their aircraft and crew out of position so they have no choice but to cancel further flights."

            In 1982 a British Airways jumbo jet lost power in all its engines when it flew into an ash cloud over Indonesia, gliding toward the ground before it was able to restart its engines.

            The incident prompted the aviation industry to rethink the way it prepared for ash clouds, resulting in international contingency plans activated on Thursday.

            Scientists said the ash did not pose any health threat because it is at such a high altitude.

            Bill McGuire, professor at the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Center, said if the volcano continued erupting for more than 12 months, as it did the last time, periodic disruptions to air traffic could continue.

            "The problem is volcanoes are very unpredictable and in this case we have only one eruption to go on," he said. "And a lot depends on the wind. I would expect this shutdown to last a couple of days. But if the eruption continues -- and continues to produce ash -- we could see repeated disruption over six months or so."

            WIDESPREAD DISRUPTION

            Brian Flynn, deputy head of operations at Eurocontrol, said the disruption was already unprecedented: "The extent is greater than we've ever seen before in the EU."

            "The meteorological situation is such that the volcanic ash is progressing very slowly eastwards but there is not a lot of wind... so it is very slow and very dense."

            Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was forced to cancel a trip to Russia's Arctic town of Murmansk on Thursday. "The cloud has covered the entire region," said Putin's spokesman.

            The eruption has grown more intense, University of Iceland volcanologist Armannn Hoskuldsson said.

            To the east of the volcano, thousands of hectares of land were covered by a thick layer of ash, while a cloud was blotting out the sun in some areas along the southern coast of Iceland, local media reported.

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            • #96
              Icelandic volcano eruption intensifies - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63E2OU20100415

              (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has thrown up a 6-km (3.7 mile) high plume of ash and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe, has grown more intense, an expert said on Thursday.

              The eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier continued to spew large amounts of ash and smoke into the air and showed no signs of abating after 40 hours of activity, said Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland.

              "The seismographs are showing that since this morning the intensity of the eruption seems to be growing," he said.

              Hot fumes had melted up to a third of the glacial ice covering the crater, causing a nearby river to burst its banks, and frequent explosions on the floor of the crater sounded like bombs going off, he said.

              The floods were abating, however, and some of those living in the sparsely populated area near the volcano had returned to their homes.

              Another scientist said the eruption was 10 times more powerful than one which occurred last month on the flank of the volcano, though the two were part of the same event.

              To the east of the volcano, thousands of hectares of land are covered by a thick layer of ash while a cloud blotted out the sun in some areas along the southern coast of Iceland, local media reported.

              The cloud of ash from the eruption has hit air travel all over northern Europe, with flights grounded or diverted due to the risk of engine damage from sucking in particles of ash from the volcanic cloud.

              CLOSE WATCH

              Scientists picked up the first signs of increased seismic activity at Eyjafjallajokull last summer and had been expecting an eruption at any moment, Einarsson said.

              The eruption began in March but subsided earlier this week when a magma conduit became blocked, building up pressure which finally escaped through the volcano's main crater.

              Einarsson, who described the eruption as "reasonably powerful," said it was the most significant volcanic event in Iceland since a huge eruption in 1996, when an eruption under the Grimsvotn lakes led to widespread flooding.

              He said scientists were still concerned the ongoing eruption could trigger Mt Katla, a more powerful volcano nearby covered by a thicker ice sheet, but had not picked up any clear signs of brewing activity.

              The volcano under the Ejfjallajokull glacier, Iceland's fifth largest glacier, has erupted five times since Iceland was settled in the ninth century.

              Iceland sits on a volcanic hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and has relatively frequent eruptions, although most occur in sparsely populated areas and pose little danger to people or property. Before March, the last eruption took place in 2004.

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              • #97
                NERC plane takes off to investigate ash cloud over England - http://wireupdate.com/wires/3086/ner...-over-england/

                LONDON (BNO NEWS) -- A small plane belonging to the UK Natural Environment Research Council on Thursday evening investigated the volcanic ash cloud that closed the country's airspace, an airport official said.

                An official with London Oxford Airport said the Bombardier Challenger 601 took off from its airport around 6.45 p.m. UK time. He said there are heavy restrictions on all air travel because of the ash cloud, which can be dangerous for aircraft.

                The plane landed at another airport near London less than 30 minutes later, and was the only plane over England during its flight.
                British scientists on ‘very dangerous’ flight to collect samples of air from ash plume from Iceland volcano - Press Association

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                • #98
                  Emergency officials in Iceland evacuate hundreds as new flash flood danger hits volcano area -- AP

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                  • #99
                    Eurocontrol says airspace closed in Ireland, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, n. France, n. Germany and n. Poland

                    Eurocontrol says about 300 North America - Europe flights will be cancelled on Friday.

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                    • Eurocontrol estimates up to 6,000 flights cancelled on Thursday due to volcanic ash - http://wireupdate.com/wires/3091/eur...-volcanic-ash/

                      BRUSSELS (BNO NEWS) -- Up to 6,000 flights were cancelled on Thursday because of volcanic ash that closed airspace in large parts of northern Europe.

                      The eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is still ongoing and the cloud of volcanic ash is continuing to move east and south-east. As of Thursday evening, the airspace was closed in the following countries/areas: Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, northern France, northern German and parts of northern Poland. Eurocontrol estimated that some 5,000 to 6,000 flights were cancelled on Thursday.

                      The agency said that the same areas are expected to be affected on Friday, and said about half of all flights between North America and Europe will be cancelled. On average, there are 600 flights a day between Europe and North America.

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                      • Scenario could be catastrophic if history repeats itself as in the previous 3 eruptions

                        "Eyjafjallajokull has blown three times in the past thousand years," Dr McGarvie told The Times, "in 920AD, in 1612 and between 1821 and 1823. Each time it set off Katla." The likelihood of Katla blowing could become clear "in a few weeks or a few months", he said.

                        Iceland is built on a volcanic rock on the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge and it has grown used to eruptions. The southern village of Vik, close to the current eruption, has for centuries had an escape plan in which everybody runs up to the church, which is built on high ground. They know that if Katla erupts flooding will follow.

                        The island's worst eruption in modern times was in 1783, when the Laki volcano blew its top. The lava shot to heights of 1.4 kilometres and more than 120 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide was released into the atmosphere.

                        A quarter of the island's population died in the resulting famine and it transformed the world, creating Britain's notorious "sand summer", casting a toxic cloud over Prague, playing havoc with harvests in France — sometimes seen as a contributory factor in the French Revolution — and changing the climate so dramatically that New Jersey recorded its largest snowfall and Egypt one of its most enduring droughts.

                        http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...e/article7070239.ece

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                        • Yeah, I just heard on talk news that Heathrow Airport is dead silent...they said they never seen anything like it before....even with terrorist threats.

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                          • Originally posted by shalomshalom
                            Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports are all empty ....very eerie!
                            Yes, that is the word the news reporter used......makes ya kinda imagine the day of the Rapture.....

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                            • DUBLIN (BNO NEWS) -- Ireland lifts restrictions on all flights from and to Shannon and Cork International Airports

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                              • Flights resuming to and from Shannon, Cork International Airports as volcano plume shifts eastward, Irish agency says - http://www.iaa.ie/index.jsp?p=93&n=96&a=861

                                The Irish Aviation Authority has announced that it is lifting restrictions, with immediate effect, on flights to and from the State airports at Cork and Shannon and some of the regional airports.

                                However, as the latest reports from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in London indicate that the ash cloud is still over the east coast, the restrictions will remain in force at Dublin airport until, at least, 11 am on Friday, 16th April. Restrictions also remain in force in large parts of the UK and Northern Europe.

                                This decision is based on the predicted path of the ash plume which shows a move to the east and south of Ireland. This will allow transatlantic flights and internal flights to take off and land at Shannon.

                                Mr. Donie Mooney, Director of Operations at the Irish Aviation Authority said that the Authority is satisfied that it is safe to fly to and from the State airports/regional airports on the western coast.

                                "We will continue to closely monitor the weather and once it is safe to fly into the east coast we will lift the restrictions at Dublin Airport when it is deemed safe to do so. We advise anybody booked on flights tomorrow to check with their airlines on a regular basis.

                                "Our priority is the safety of the pilots, crews and passengers on all flights. So we will not lift restrictions until we are satisfied that it is 100% safe to fly," he said.

                                The IAA will provide an update on the restrictions after 11 am on Friday, 16th April 2010.

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