Grounded: Giant Volcanic Ash Clouds Cancel Flights Across Europe

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April 16, 2010: A huge cloud of volcanic ash spreads from Iceland to England, Europe and Russia, following an eruption on the 14th. This was the second time the volcano, located beneath Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier about 125 kilometers east of Reykjavik, erupted this month.

Here, the eruption is pictured alongside the Aurora Borealis.

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Cars drive through the ash in Iceland.

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A NASA satellite image of the ash.

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A farmer in Iceland photographs the volcano’s eruption.

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The sun sets at Hanover airport in Germany, where planes have been grounded.

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Passengers sleep on makeshift beds at an airport in Brussels, Belgium. Around 17,000 flights have been canceled all over Europe in one day alone, causing severe delays.

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The volcano.

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