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article imageIreland closes airports as volcanic ash blows in from Iceland

By Leo Reyes     May 3, 2010 in Environment
Ireland expects ash concentrations exceeding allowable aircraft engine tolerance levels as volcanic ash from Iceland drifts toward the southern part of Ireland prompting closure of Ireland's airports on Tuesday
Ireland has decided to close its airports Tuesday due to recurring volcanic ash coming from Iceland and heading south of Ireland.
Yahoo News
reports:
All flights to and from Irish airports will be banned from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time Tuesday (0600GMT to 1200GMT; 2 a.m to 8 a.m EDT), the authority said in a statement. The restrictions will not affect planes flying over Ireland from Britain and Europe.
"The decision is based on the safety risks to crews and passengers as a result of the drift south of the volcanic ash cloud caused by the northeasterly winds," the statement said.
Ireland is expected to experience ash concentrations that exceed acceptable engine manufacturer tolerance levels, the authority said.
The movement of volcanic ash was caused by the shift of wind direction and not from an increase in volcanic activity of the Iceland volcano.
The Iceland volcano spew thick and huge quantity of volcanic ash last month prompting European airports to close for days and stranding thousands of passengers in major destinations throughout Europe.
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