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Eyjafjallajokull Ash (Gesundheit!)

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2010-04-18 15:09:19 -0400. The "another 24 hours" mentioned in the original posting is now nearly upon us, so expect updates later on the travel restrictions. -- GH

The impact of the ash spewed forth from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to impede travel across northern Europe. According to David Brown and David Byers of the Times Online:

Most of northern Europe will remain a no-fly zone for at least another 24 hours, the Government confirmed tonight, as it emerged that the Royal Navy could be used to help bring stranded people home.

That's one heckuva geological sneeze, but the last eruption of the volcano lasted two years (1821 to 1823). Volcanic eruptions can have even more devastating effects on global climate than any other type of natural phenomena. Quoting USA Today,