Iceland's Volcano Intensifies, Spews More Ash : The Two-Way There were reports earlier this afternoon, Washington time, that the ash cloud from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano was subsiding to the point that European airspace would begin opening up Tuesday. No one told the volcano, apparently.
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Iceland's Volcano Intensifies, Spews More Ash

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano on Monday, April 19, 2010. Brynjar Gauti/AP Photo hide caption

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Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano on Monday, April 19, 2010.

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There were reports earlier this afternoon, Washington time, that the ash cloud from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano (pronounced Ava-Lovik, according to this source) was subsiding to the point that European airspace would begin opening up Tuesday.

No one told the volcano, apparently.

The latest advisory from NATS, the United Kingdom's air traffic control system, indicates the volcano ash spewing has intensified.

Since our last statement at 1530 today, the volcano eruption in Iceland has strengthened and a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK. This demonstrates the dynamic and rapidly changing conditions in which we are working.

Latest information from the Met Office shows that the situation is worsening in some areas. Based on this information, the situation for Northern Irish airports for the morning is uncertain, due to the new ash cloud. The latest information shows that Scottish airports should be available from 0700 and more airspace over England may become available from 1300 although not as far south as the main London airports.

We will continue to monitor Met Office information and the situation is likely to change overnight. We will make a further statement at approximately 0300 (local time), tomorrow, Tuesday 20 April and again at 0900 (local time).