Smoke and steam above the volcano under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland: Fine rock particles were ejected up to 11 kilometers (7 miles) into the atmosphere and drifted toward Scandinavia and Britain.picture: Spiegel.
"An enormous plume of volcanic ash, invisible from the ground, has traveled from Iceland to northern Europe and grounded commercial air travel from Scandinavia and Britain to Belgium". Link In Spain, up to 466 flights have been canceled due to the impossibility of flying.The Spanish Defense Ministry on Thursday annulled an international workshop on the EU and NATO called for tomorrow at the inability of most of the attendees to arrive in Spain with the cancellation of flights throughout Europe because of the ashes. The seminar, which was to be held at the headquarters of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Madrid, was to be inaugurated by the Spanish defense minister, Carme Chacon, and expected the intervention of former Secretary General of NATO and former head of the European Security and Defence Policy, Javier Solana, among other experts." LINK, LINK
"The funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski is still planned for Sunday despite the closing of airspace over most of Poland due to a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano across Europe, a presidential official told reporters Friday.
"The funeral is still planned for Sunday," Jacek Sasin said. "We would consider a delay only as a last resort. At present, this is not even a scenario that's being considered."
Sasin said earlier in the day that if some participants were unable to arrive, a delay could be considered.
More than 70 delegations of world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, are due in Warsaw and Krakow Saturday and Sunday to pay their last respects to Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia." Link