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Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupts on to the Web

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano may be causing misery for travellers, but it looks pretty from space. We round up some of the Web sites showing some lava love

Iceland, eh? We can now add grounding holidaymakers to the list of things the kooky Atlantic island has inflicted on us, along with crashing the economy, the Cod War and Björk. The unpronounceable Eyjafjallajökull volcano has sent a plume of ash pouring into the skies over Europe, which is bad news for anyone planning on flying this week. We were hoping for an apocalyptic pall to plunge us into spectacular twilight, but it's actually quite nice out. We've turned to the Web instead to take a look at the scale of the cloud.

Google's Lat Long blog shows you how to see the cloud in Google Earth. NASA's MODIS Rapid Response System and Earth Observatory are showing satellite photos of the plume, like the one above. There are some colourful meteorological shots at Eumetsat.

The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog has some beautiful volcano-related imagery. The Guardian, bizarrely, has liveblogged the eruption.

Flights

For an indication of the implications for air travellers, take a look at flightradar24.com, a real-time live map of air-traffic control. It would usually be teeming with planes, yet today is sparsely populated.

If you're scheduled to fly in the next few days, keep an eye on the BAA Web site, and keep your fingers crossed.