New volcanic ash bound for Britain and Denmark: agency

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A fresh cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland's erupting Eyjafjoell volcano will pass over Britain and Denmark but spare France, the European Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) said Tuesday.

Air traffic has begun to return to normal in parts of Europe almost a week after ash from the eruption drifted south and forced aviation authorities to close the airpace over several European countries.

But a new cloud of ash is expected to arrive on Tuesday, and Britain in particular is expecting further disruption.

"Given the meteorological conditions, the volcanic ash should pass over the southern part of the North Sea, the British Isles, Denmark, Scandinavia and perhaps the extreme north of France," said forecaster Didier Rosenblatt.

The VAAC in the southern French city of Toulouse is one of nine volcanic ash advisory centres around the world tasked by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to track possible threats to flights from eruptions.

© 2010 AFP

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