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Apr 15, 2010 11:35 AM

Ash cloud grounds flights in Europe

Air traffic across much of Europe is grounded today by an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland.

Thousands of flights have been canceled, with tens of thousands of people stranded. Officials say it's not clear when it will be safe enough to fly again. One scientist says the volcano could continue to send up ash for days or even weeks.

Brian Flynn with European Air Control said, "All of the London area, most of Belgium, the Netherlands, and coming up here through almost all of Scandinavia will also be closed as a precautionary measure as the volcanic ash will start eastward to avoid that any aircraft would fly through the volcanic ash cloud. so we're talking about almost a quarter of the entire European area is closed to aircraft at the moment.

In Iceland rivers rose up to 10 feet and the main highway was cut in half.

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