Wednesday, April 21, 2010

UK Airspace is OPEN after the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Over the last few weeks there has been a string of natural disasters occurring all over the world. There were several major earthquakes in the northwest island of Sumatra in Indonesia, coast of Chile, Qinghai in China, and I think they are all related to the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The planet’s crust must be shifting all over which may have caused the volcano that had laid dormant for over 200 years to erupt.

The eruption caused major air travel disruptions and cancellations all over Europe because when volcanic ashes get into the engines, the particles turn into molten glass which causes engines to fail. Obviously it is not safe to fly at all. In the last few days, BA had conducted their own tests by flying planes through the volcanic ash cloud and from their findings was that it meets their safety guidelines. On the very next days you hear news that NATO had some of their F-16s flying through the volcanic ash cloud and their fighters were damaged. Their official statement was that their F-16 fighters suffered engine damage after flying through the volcanic ash cloud.

So who do you trust? I know that the major airlines are suffering from the massive air travel ban with losses into the millions and the Met Office must have had major pressures from all angles to reopen the airspace. Well after 6 days, it is confirmed that the UK airspace is now open and flights are being resumed back to normal.

Now I don’t have any major holidays planned where I need to fly but for a peace of mind I would rather not fly for the moment until I know that it is absolutely safe to.

Also a note for people with chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis, that the volcanic ash can be harmful to them and been advised to wear masks and stay indoors if volcanic ash starts to settle. World Health Organisation (WHO).

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