AUSTRALIA: Mother Nature’s wrath disrupts flights

A volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain of south-central Chile erupted last month after lying dormant for more than 50 years, seriously disrupting flights into and out of Australia. The volcano threw ash more than 10 km into the sky, pushing the plume toward neighbouring Argentina and across the Pacific Ocean as far as Australia […]


A volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain of south-central Chile erupted last month after lying dormant for more than 50 years, seriously disrupting flights into and out of Australia. The volcano threw ash more than 10 km into the sky, pushing the plume toward neighbouring Argentina and across the Pacific Ocean as far as Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, neighbouring countries to the northeast African nation of Eritrea were watching closely as that country’s Nabro volcano also erupted last month. The initial ash cloud from that eruption was slowly being pushed by the wind towards Sudan and the northwestern regions, Egypt and northern Saudi Arabia, but few disruptions have resulted.