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Last updated: 15 april, 2010 - 11:12 GMT

Volcanic ash from Iceland halts flights in Northern Europe

Ash billows from an erupting volcano which seems to be close to the top of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier on 14 April 2010

The eruption in Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull area is the second to occur in a month

Ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has paralysed air transport across much of Northern Europe.

In an unprecedented move, Britain has closed its entire airspace to all but emergency services until at least Friday morning.

Similar restrictions have grounded planes in Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands, with France also preparing to close many of its airports.

There are fears that the volcanic ash could damage aircraft engines.

Eric Moody is a retired British Airways pilot who unknowingly flew a Boeing 747 through a volcanic ash cloud off the coast of Java in 1982.

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Newshour's Mary Ann Sieghart spoke to Liam Dutton from the BBC Weather Centre and Brian Flynn from the European air safety body, Eurocontrol.

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Dr John Murray is Senior Research Fellow of Earth Sciences at the Open University.

Why is this cloud affecting so much of Europe?

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Hannah Andrews, a dairy farmer near the site of the volcano in Iceland, describes her situation.

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First broadcast 15 April 2010

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