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Vol­ca­nic ash cloud from Ice­land also in Spits­ber­gen

The vol­ca­no at the Eyjaf­ja­l­la-gla­cier in Ice­land gives Spits­ber­gen some of the remo­teness back that it used to have in the past. The recent con­cen­tra­ti­on of ash par­ti­cles in the atmo­s­phe­re abo­ve Nor­way for­ced pla­nes from and to Lon­gye­ar­by­en to remain on the ground, mea­ning that Spits­ber­gen was cut off not only for human traf­fic, but also for food and other deli­ve­ries, mail and medi­cal emer­gen­cy flights. The coast guard was on stand­by in case of urgent medi­cal evacua­tions. After two days, the first tou­rists were flown out of Lon­gye­ar­by­en to Trom­sø.

Sources: Sval­bard­pos­ten and Sys­sel­man­nen

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