LONDON (AP) - There's no end in sight to the volcanic eruption
in Iceland or the travel chaos it's causing.
A geologist tells The Associated Press that the volcanic
activity "has been quite vigorous" overnight, causing the plume
of ash to grow. He says it shows no sign of abating, and
forecasters don't expect any change in wind patterns this weekend.
Most of the airspace in northern and central Europe has been
The European air navigation safety agency Eurocontrol says that
only some 5,000 flight will take place in Europe today compared to
22,000 in normal circumstances.
It's also disrupting world leaders' plans to attend tomorrow's
state funeral for Polish President Lech Kaczynski (lekh
kah-CHIN'-skee) and his wife in Krakow. So far, delegations from
Sweden, Finland, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and
Pakistan have canceled plans to attend. Other leaders will travel
by car instead of flying.
President Barack Obama is still planning to attend.