Volcanic effect diminishes in Turkey

19:10, April 20, 2010      

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The volcanic effect caused by the recent eruption of an Icelandic volcano diminished in Turkey, meteorology authority said here on Tuesday.

Mehmet Caglar, head of the Turkish Directorate General of Meteorology, said the volcanic ash cloud drifting from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland would not affect Turkey anymore.

The semi-official Anatolia news agency quoted the official as saying that central Europe was still under the influence of bad weather conditions stemming from the eruption.

"Turkey is currently in no danger, but developments should be followed," he added.

A volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland erupted on Wednesday, for the second time in less than a month, melting ice and shooting smoke into the air and forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes.

After the eruption, the resulting ash plume halted air traffic over much of Europe.

Turkish airport construction and management corporation Tepe- Akfen-Vie Airports Holding said Tuesday that a total of 600 international flights had been cancelled at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport between April 15 to 18 due to the volcanic ash cloud.

The company also said Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Antalya Gazipasa airports, all operated by TAV, as well as the company's airports in Georgia, Macedonia and Tunisia were currently open to flights.

Source: Xinhua


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