East African volcano affects air traffic

2011-06-14 11:02

Addis Ababa - The ash cloud emanating from a volcano that erupted in Eritrea caused some disruption to air traffic in East Africa on Tuesday.

An overnight Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany and an Emirates flight from Entebbe in Uganda were cancelled, said Hailaye Gebretsadik, general manager of Ethiopia's Bole International Airport.

Volcano Dubbi erupted on Sunday night following a series of minor earthquakes. The eruption was its first in some 150 years.

"So far the volcanic eruption has however not affected flights to and from Addis this morning," he said.

Only domestic flights to Mekele near Ethiopia's border with Eritrea had to be cancelled.

Gebretsadik expressed hope that the rain in the Ethiopian capital on Tuesday would help the ash cloud to dissipate.

According to Israel's weather service, the cloud was moving in the direction of Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

  • GTA_Lad - 2011-06-14 11:11

    It's the angry ancestors - 2011-06-14 11:16


  • ?????? - 2011-06-14 11:18

    Eeeef the wite man neva inwented the eeroplane,then theeese problem wouldnt exeeest. Eish

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-14 12:35

      Eeeef yor madda n fadda used da condom...wee wudnt bee reeding yor eedyiotik sheet..

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-06-14 12:56

      LOL LOL gud 1 @Currie_Mafia

  • Wise1 - 2011-06-14 11:20

    Volcanos erupting after 150 years! Series of earthquakes IN AFRICA! Constant tremors in NZ! Is the Earth breaking up slowly????

      McDaNife - 2011-06-14 11:23

      ...and not to forget the hurricanes in USA, you are the wise one, eish!

      jowza - 2011-06-14 12:35

      no.mother nature just cleaning up the rubbish

  • tchemaly - 2011-06-14 11:30

    hmmm 21/12/2012...end of the world? I wonder if the Mayan's had it right all along...guess we will see.

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-06-14 13:51

      whatever dude. if you applied the same basic knowledge to just another way of measuring time like you you approach your own 2011 calendar or your watch you would notice something. When your watch gets to 23:59:59...does the world end ? When your calendar you have have on the back of your toilet door gets to 31 December does the world end ? No its doesn't.. it "resets" and starts again. the Mayan long count calendar is a calendar that measure the position of the earth in relation to its position in the milky way galaxy. Look at the milky from the side and it will look like two dinner plates fave to face (bottom sides point away from each other. As the solar system goes around the center of the galaxy is also move up and down, much like a wave. The Mayan long count measures the 144000 year (yes one hundred and forty four thousand) cycle its take the solar system (with it the earth) to go from middle of the galaxy, all the way to the top of its "wave" and back to the middle. What happens then ? In the next 144000 years it goes down to the bottom of the "wave" and back to the middle. Nothing sinister about it, the question is not will the world end, the question is how the hell did such a "backwards" civilization work it out more than a thousand years ago ? And it is 100% correct..we are talking about calculating something that take 144000 years to observe. recorded human history isn't even a tenth of that. Smart people ? Or did they have outside help ?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-14 12:31

    We all need to let off a little steam sometimes....

      jowza - 2011-06-14 12:34


  • - 2011-06-14 12:43

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  • Wellington Dhlamini - 2011-06-14 13:57

    Read the bible in mathew 24 concerning these events. Jesus told us about these troubles that would befall the earth before His coming. Things around the world as we know them are going to get worse. These are the beginning of Birth pains. Hallelujah Jesus is Coming soon!!!

  • Versace - 2011-06-14 14:11

    @nixcroft: What are you man? somekind of a genius or alien?

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-06-14 15:21

      lol, alien would be nice :) i'm here to teach all that will listen... just read a hell of a lot about anything and everything and have the ability to remember it all. Lucky me

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