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Did Air Travel Do Something to Anger the Volcano Gods This Year?

Where: Indonesia
November 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

There have been many trends in travel for 2010, such as the rise of location-based social media (ah hem, Foursquare) and the outcry against full-body scanners, but one of the most unexpected trends is that of flight disruption due to volcano eruption. In just this year we've have the explosions of Iceland's illustrious Eyjafjallajokull, Reunion Island's Piton de la Fournaise, Indonesia's Mount Sinabung, Russia's Shiveluch and now, another from Indonesia: Mt. Merapi.

All of them have caused flight delays at the very least, and Mount Merapi impacted flights on Cathay Pacific and JAL to Jakarta last week and over this last weekend. It was even thought the ash could have been responsible for the "uncontained engine failure" of the Singapore-Sydney Qantas A380 on Thursday. Now we know that is not the case.

Thankfully the Merapi ash clouds have lessened and flights are mostly back to normal, but this is just another tick mark on the bed post for the world's volcanoes, as they continue to f**k with air travel in 2010.

[Photo: NYDN]

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