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Ash cloud spreads from erupting volcano In Eritrea

Already disrupting air travel

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13 Jun 11 - The Anabro (Nabro) volcano in the Northern Red Sea Region of Eritrea has erupted sending an ash plume high into the sky and disrupting air traffic across eastern Africa.

Nabro volcano, Eritrea, next to the border with Ethiopia.
Image Centre Seismologique Euro-Mediterraneen,

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) said Monday that the 5,331 ft volcano has resulted in a large ash plume of up to 8 miles (13.5 km) high.  The scale of the eruption, compared to the ongoing eruption in Chile and the 2010 eruption at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, remains unclear.

German airline Lufthansa reports that it has cancelled flights to Eritrea and Ethiopia, while the Jerusalem Post reported that the ash plume may disrupt air traffic in Israel, Egypt, Jordan.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said it remained unclear if the series of earthquakes and the eruption were related were related, as both originate from the same continental rift zone.

According to Irish Weather Online senior forecaster Peter O’Donnell, the ash cloud has extended more than 600 miles (1,000 km) westwards over Sudan. “The eruption happened in Nabro, a stratovolcano that has not erupted in historic times."

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