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All of Scotland's airports were shut and there were disruptions at others including Manchester, Liverpool, Stansted, Newcastle and Birmingham. The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats), imposed restrictions after the Met Office warned ash could damage engines. Passengers have been advised to contact their airlines prior to travel.
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports were shut and Nats said it was restricting flights "in accordance with international civil aviation policy". The ash cloud disrupted all flights to and from Manchester with a similar picture at Newcastle airport where all arrivals were cancelled and all outbound flights either cancelled or subject to indefinite delay.
"Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, one of Iceland's mightiest volcanoes, began erupting soon after midnight on March the 20th. This is the first time the volcano erupts since 1821-1823. This eruption has many of the same characteristics as the last eruption, it is a stable eruption with a small lava flow. Whether or not the eruption goes on for nearly two years as the past eruption did only time will tell. Luckily the eruption is not underneath the glacier itself, but just off to the side of the ice field. This avoids the glacial meltwater floods that otherwise might cause trouble in the farmlands below the glacier as happened in the eighteen hundreds."
Scientists of KVERT Project return to the full KVERT operations (the information ensuring of air services for the results of daily analysis and evaluation of activity of Kamchatka and Northern Kuriles volcanoes) and will discharge these obligations for 01 February - 30 April 2010.