Travel Chaos Continues as Ash Cloud Spreads East

Flights grounded at least 2 more days after Icelandic volcano eruption
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2010 2:15 PM CDT
Travel Chaos Continues as Ash Cloud Spreads East
A car drives through the ash from the volcano eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, April 16, 2010. Flights around the world have been canceled and passengers stranded.   (AP Photo/Omar Oskarsson)

The cloud of volcanic ash emanating from Iceland has reached northern Scotland, and the aviation disruption caused by the floating debris will continue for at least 2 more days, the Times of London reports. Thousands of flights have been grounded, crippling airline schedules around the world, and now health concerns are emerging. Meanwhile, the volcano is still erupting.

The Scottish health service said the risk from the particles appears to be low, but people who "notice a dusty haze in the air or can smell sulphur, rotten eggs, or a strong acidic smell" should consider returning indoors. With flying next to impossible, Eurostar trains and ferries across the English Channel are sold out, and some travelers are resorting to desperate measures. Actor John Cleese, stranded in Oslo, took a taxi to Brussels. The price: $5,100.
(More Iceland volcano stories.)

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