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Latest satellite image of Iceland ash cloud. Impact will continue for next 24 hours

The main volcanic ash cloud is the bright orange plume being carried eastwards from southern Iceland. This is colour composite image and the colours do not correspond to the actual colours that would be seen by the human eye.

The latest satellite imagery is showing a plume between 20,000 and 30,000 ft over the North Sea and Denmark. Episodic thin plumes of volcanic ash have been detected over the UK overnight. We will continue to monitor during the day.

The main volcanic ash cloud is the bright orange plume being carried eastwards from southern Iceland.

The main volcanic ash cloud is the bright orange plume being carried eastwards from southern Iceland.

Much of the airspace across northern and western Europe has been closed, and air control officials said some 17,000 flights would be cancelled on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of passengers in Europe and around the world have been affected.

Scientists say the volcano is still erupting but producing less ash. "Forecasts suggest that the cloud of volcanic ash is continuing to move east and south-east and that the impact will continue for at least the next 24 hours," it said in a statement.

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15Apr/108

Iceland Volcanic Ash Cloud Satellite Image Shows Dust Covering UK

Iceland Volcanic Ash cloud satellite image and others to show the dust cloud covering the UK.

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The eruption in Iceland on Wednesday sent ash kilometres into the air. Satellite images show the cloud as brownish-black as ice particles mingle with ash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People in the Eyjafjallajoekull area were evacuated, but the spread of the ash cloud raised concerns for air traffic controllers in nearby countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By 1800GMT, the whole of the UK is expected to be affected and the Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) has banned flights from UK airspace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meteorologists say that as the ash cloud spreads it will dissipate and lose intensity.

Meteorologists say that as the ash cloud spreads it will dissipate and lose intensity.

The eruptions have continued sporadically into Thursday morning and a number of other European countries have closed their airspace.

The eruptions have continued sporadically into Thursday morning and a number of other European countries have closed their airspace.

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The UK is enduring a fourth day as a virtual no-fly zone due to volcanic ash drifting from Iceland, leaving Britons stranded around the world.

The UK is enduring a fourth day as a virtual no-fly zone due to volcanic ash drifting from Iceland, leaving Britons stranded around the world.

 A massive cloud of volcanic dust has covered vast areas of northern Europe after the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano erupted in Iceland on 14 April. See the extent of the dust cloud and for projections of its future spread.

A massive cloud of volcanic dust has covered vast areas of northern Europe after the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano erupted in Iceland on 14 April. See the extent of the dust cloud and for projections of its future spread.

A change in wind direction by the weekend could help blow Iceland's volcanic ash cloud away from Europe, a BBC meteorologist says.

A change in wind direction by the weekend could help blow Iceland's volcanic ash cloud away from Europe, a BBC meteorologist says.

The map above, provided by the Met Office shows how the ash cloud is forecast to alter its position in the next 24 hours.

The map above, provided by the Met Office shows how the ash cloud is forecast to alter its position in the next 24 hours.