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Eruption of Icelandic volcano continues to ground flights between LAX and Europe [NASA photos of ash cloud]

April 18, 2010 |  1:50 pm


A giant ash cloud left by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano continues to block flight pathways and impede the plans of thousands of travelers.

More than 30 arriving and departing flights between LAX and Europe were canceled Sunday by airlines serving London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Zurich, LAX spokesman Marshall Lowe said.

Since the volcano beneath Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted Wednesday and filled the air with ash and glass particles, 102 flights passing through LAX have been canceled, affecting a total of 24,250 passengers, Lowe said.

Passengers traveling to or from Europe are advised to check their flight status before going to the airport.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: Newly released photos from NASA's Earth Observing-1 spacecraft show Icelandic volcano's cloud, left, and its infrared radiation, right. Credit: NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory