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Volcanic Ash from Iceland Continues to Disrupt Air Travel
Air travel throughout Europe and around the world is still disrupted Saturday as thick clouds of ash from a volcano eruption in Iceland continue to drift across the continent.
Some European nations have completely closed their airspace, while others have enacted partial closures. Thousands of flights have been canceled, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers and costing airlines hundreds of millions of dollars. Officials expect air travel to be disrupted for several days.
The ash clouds include particles of rock, glass and sand that pose a serious threat to aircraft.
In addition to the travel problems, officials are urging people with breathing problems to stay indoors.
The shutdown of air travel is the most extensive since the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Wednesday's eruption of the volcano in southeastern Iceland is its second since March 20. The volcano had been dormant for nearly 200 years. Experts say it could continue to erupt for weeks or even years.
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