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Volcanic ash cloud: Where is it now - May 18?

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(Read caption) An ash plume rises from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano Monday.

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Air travelers got a triple dose of good news Tuesday as the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland dissipated, a British court canceled a massive British Airways labor strike, and the British Civil Aviation Authority narrowed the no-fly zones.

All in all, it means the return to near-normal flight operations in Europe today and likely for the rest of this week.

“The ash cloud is not expected to continue to affect the UK as south-westerly winds have become established, driving the ash away from UK airspace,” the Meteorological Office (Britain's government weather service) announced late Monday on its website. The Met Office’s five-day forecast shows the ash cloud clear of Britain and continental Europe for the entire week.

IN PICTURES: Iceland volcano


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