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Experts respond: Disruption from Chilean volcano ash

John Kerr posted in on June 13th, 2011.

A sprawling ash plume from the Chilean Volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, is causing disruptions to flights across the southern hemisphere. The SMC has contacted New Zealand experts for further explanation of the current situation and its impact. Feel free to use these quotes in your stories. To follow up with these or other local experts, please […]

What does volcanic ash do to jet engines?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 12th, 2011.

Volcanic ash originating from the ongoing eruption of a Chilean volcano is causing disruptions to air traffic across New Zealand. The Civil Aviation Authority has said that local airspace may continue to be affected for up to a week. Access Metservice’s latest volcanic ash advisory here. Last year, during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, our colleagues at […]

Experts Respond: Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano erupts

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2011.

Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano has erupted spilling ash into the atmosphere. While there is some concern that air travel could be affected, experts consider that the eruption will not cause as much disruption as Eyjafjallajökull did last year. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre in London have rounded up commentary from scientists on the eruption […]

3 News/AP: Volcano in Iceland: Questions and Answers

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

Questions and answers about the volcanic ash cloud in Iceland, and its effects An excerpt: (read in full here) “Q. How do we know this cloud is dangerous to airplanes? “A. A NATO F-16 fighter suffered engine damage after flying through the cloud, a Western diplomat said. “Q. Can’t planes just fly above the ash? […]

Stuff: Kiwi volcanologist’s disaster study gets real

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

Michael Fox writes for Stuff about GNS volcanologist David Johnston, who is stranded in London as a result of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Johnston and 25 other scientists had been attending a disaster planning meeting when they found they were actually involved in one. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Volcanologists and disaster […]

Dom Post: Mass grounding of aircraft possible in NZ, say experts

Peter Griffin posted in on April 19th, 2010.

New Zealand’s active geography means that mass airplane groundings, like those happening in Europe over the last few days, could also happen in New Zealand. Major eruptions near Mt Taupo or Mt Tarawera would have the most effect, say vulcanologists, but such eruptions are fortunately rare. An excerpt: (read in full here) “GNS Science vulcanology […]

Icelandic ash and its implications for aircraft, health, climate

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2010.

Air traffic across Europe, including flights from Britain to New Zealand have been halted as ash from an Icelandic volcano drifts towards the continent. The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted Wednesday for the second time in less than a month. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre in London have rounded up extensive commentary […]

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