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Pic The ESA has released this pic of the Icelandic volcano plume currently paralyzing air traffic above northern Europe and Britain. The pic was snapped yesterday by the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer instrument aboard the Envisat spacecraft, before the plume had spread to cover the southern UK.

Envisat image of the Icelandic volcano ash plume 15 April 2010, 13.25 CEST. Credit: ESA

Tongue-twisting glacier volcano dirt peril in action. Higher-res here.

There's also an animation of the cloud's spread here, again courtesy of the ESA.

The latest reports indicate no resumption of air travel in and out of England sooner than the early hours of tomorrow. ®

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