Posted: Apr 18, 2010 7:51 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Apr 18, 2010 7:51 AM
Forecasters say a high pressure system over Europe means light winds for the next few day and that's likely to keep ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano hanging over the continent.
Never in peacetime has Europe seen such a travel disruption. The ash has shut down air travel from Britain to Ukraine and that's affecting flight schedules around the world.
Geologists are saying "there doesn't seem to be an end in sight" to the eruptions and the volcano grown more active Saturday.
The volcano has foiled travel plans for millions of airline passengers, and that could continue for days to come. Europeans are considering temporary airport layoffs as well as creative flight plans to try get planes back in the air.
The ash plume is also a potential health threat. Authorities in the U.K. and Iceland are telling people with respiratory problems to stay indoors, and the World Health Organization says Europeans shouldn't go outdoors if ash starts settling.