Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Volcano wakes up in Eritrea, flight risk

Another volcano, after Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle, it is "awakened." And once again hangs over the traveler's nightmare of the precautionary cancellation of flights. The new outbreak was reported in Eritrea, where a crater "in sleep" from 1861, doubt has begun to erupt last night and today has increased the expulsion of ash and lapilli that, according to the findings of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), now exceed the 13,000 meters.

The eruption has forced the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Addis Ababa for a meeting with the countries of the African Union (AU), to shorten the trip and to break down or risk getting stuck (as already happened to Obama in the United Britain and Ireland in late May for the Icelandic volcano).

The ash cloud is in fact gradually approaching the Ethiopian capital. The airlines that operate flights in East Africa are on alert. The spokesman of Ethiopian Airlines, Getachew Tesfa, said that so far no flights have been canceled and meteorology experts are closely following the issue.

Lufthansa spokesman, Mark Dall'Asta said, however, that flights from Frankfurt to the capital of Ethiopia and Eritrea, Addis Ababa and Asmara, may face delays or cancellations due to the volcano.

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