Northern Europe is set to again bear the brunt of air traffic disruption from Icelandic volcanic ash on Wednesday after 500 flights were canceled on Tuesday, but experts said the eruption was rapidly dying down.

The ash from the Grimsvotn volcano has caused far fewer problems than ash from an Icelandic volcano last year, when more than 10 million people were hit by a six-day European airspace s

An ash cloud from a volcano on Iceland shut down flights in northern Britain and elsewhere in north Europe on Tuesday and was heading to Germany, but officials expected no repeat of last year

A dense cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano blew toward Scotland on Monday, creating fears among airlines across Europe that the eruption-related travel disruptions of last year would be repeated. British Airways suspended all its flights between London and Scotland for Tuesday morning, and the Dutch carrier KLM canceled more than a dozen flights to and from Scotland and northern England.

Airlines began cancelling flights to Britain late on Monday because of an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano reaching its airspace, although experts expected no repeat of travel chaos from an eruption a year ago.

Britain's Met Office forecast the plume of ash from the Grimsvotn volcano would cover the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern England by 0600 GMT on Tuesd

The Icelandic met office said the plume of smoke and ash which is billowing out of Grimsvotn, which last exploded in 2004, had fallen to just below 10 km, well below its maximum so far of 25 km.


Paris, The Grimsvotn volcano burst into life on Saturday in what experts said was a stronger er- uption than its last outbreak in 2004.

The plume from the volcano shot 20 km into the sky.
Ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano could reach northern Scotland by Tuesday and parts of Britain, France and Spain by Thursday or Friday if the eruption c

The eight Arctic nations pledged Thursday to create international protocols to prevent and clean up offshore oil spills in areas of the region that are becoming increasingly accessible to exploration because of a changing climate.

The Arctic Council

Explorers claim to have descended nearly 650 feet into the magma chamber of a volcano in Iceland for the first time in history.
A team, led by the University of Iceland, went into the heart of the heart of the Thrihnukagigur volcano, known as a "sleeping volcano" because it could come back to life at any time, the Daily Mail reported.

The European Union has decided to block Icelandic fishing vessels carrying mackerel from landing at its ports in an escalation of a dispute over fishing quotas.

The European Commission, the executive of the 27-member EU, formally notified the European Economic Area of plans for the ban, the final step before enforcing it.

"We have informed the EEA joint committee that we will implement the l