Hawaii volcano 311.
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Following a second – and stronger – eruption of the Dubbi volcano in Eritrea,
the Israel Meteorological Service still maintains that there should be no affect
on the nation’s air traffic.
The volcano erupted for the first time in
the East African country at 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Toulouse regional
office of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, reportedly set off by a series of
Ash from the eruption reached Israel on Tuesday morning, but
at a height of 10, 500 to 14 000 meters – 6,000 above domestic air routes – and
has now completely left the country’s airspace, said Evgeny Brainin, a
forecaster for the Israel Meteorological Service. After a second eruption,
particles from the volcano have now once again reached southern Egypt, Cairo’s
news sources reported.
Different from the first eruption, however, which
spread a cloud of ash – heavy particles that include metals, hydrocarbons and
sulfur dioxide – throughout the region, this second cloud likely only contains
sulfur dioxide, a much lighter material, Brainin told The Jerusalem Post
“We can see there are continuous eruptions of this
volcano and there was volcanic ash and maybe other particles yesterday above our
skies,” he said. “We connected with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Toulouse
and they told us it’s now not ash particles, but more probably sulfur dioxide
particles, and they don’t know if these affect air traffic.”
Israel Meteorological Service asked staff members at Toulouse if they knew above
all doubt that the sulfur dioxide cloud would have no impact on air traffic, the
team never received a response, according to Brainin.
But because sulfur
dioxide particles are much smaller than ash, which “can get into an engine and
make trouble for it,” the second cloud will probably cause no problems, even if
it does reach Israel, he said.
“It’s not expected that an ash cloud will
come to Israel – maybe some sulfur dioxide will come over tomorrow, but sulfur
dioxide won’t pose an issue for aircraft,” Brainin said.