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Iceland Volcano and Ash Cause Flight Problems

Iceland's volcano eruption and ash cloud cause massive flight problems. The ash clouds from an eruption of Iceland has canceled dozens of flights, stranded thousands of U.S. passengers, and caused global disruption. More than 100 United States flights destined for the United Kingdom have been cancelled since early Thursday, April 15, 2010. Some airlines have already cancelled flights for Friday. Laura Brown of the Federal Aviation Administration has been working closely with airlines to redirect flights around the volcanic ash cloud, as well as reroute flights already airborne when the volcano erupted late Wednesday night as the threat of the ash could possibly disable jet engines.

The United States, Britain, France, Ireland, Nordic countries, and many other nations have shut down airports as officials attempt to reroute flights around the ash cloud. The United States Geological Survey researcher Bill Burton, a volcanologiest, stated that "Only time will tell as to the size of this plume. We're still gathering information and trying to get on top of this." Burton and other researchers assure that no long term health, climatic, or air quality issues will result from the volcanic eruption though the ash cloud could be around for days, months, or even years.

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