Bardarbunga Volcano

Fears that Icelandic volcano may erupt

The aviation industry is closely monitoring an Icelandic volcano at risk of eruption because of fears it may cause major disruption.

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UK 'confident' Icelandic volcano will not disrupt flights

UK aviation bosses said they are "confident" air travellers will not face a repeat of the severe ash cloud, which grounded flights in 2010, should Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupt.

Iceland's authorities have already evacuated the area after geologists said about 300 earthquakes had been detected there since Tuesday.

More than 100,000 flights were cancelled when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010.
More than 100,000 flights were cancelled when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

When Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted European air space was shut down for six days causing travel chaos and losses of £2 million.

But UK air traffic control company Nats and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the UK is much better prepared to deal with any ash cloud crisis than four years ago.

A Nats spokeswoman said: "We are monitoring the situation in Iceland and we don't know how serious it will get and just where any ash cloud will travel if the volcano erupts.

"Even in a worst-case scenario we are in a much better position to deal with this than we were in 2010."

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GCSEs: Gender gap widens as girls lead A-C passes

The statistics show that the gender gap has widened at grade C and above this year, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.
The statistics show that the gender gap has widened at grade C and above this year, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'. Credit: PA

Today's GCSE results show that girls once again lead pass rates at grade C and above, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.

However, official results showed that boys are beginning to close the gap at A*, with 5.2% of entries scoring the top grade compared with 8.1% of girls'. The difference of 2.9 percentage points is down from three percentage points last summer.

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Area evacuated over fears Icelandic volcano could erupt

The area around the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland has been evacuated over fears it could erupt.

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano.
A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano. Credit: Reuters

Iceland's civil protection agency ordered the evacuation after "increased seismic activity" at the country's largest volcanic system.

A statement from the agency said: "This decision is a safety measure. It cannot be ruled out that the seismic activity in Bardarbunga could lead to a volcanic eruption."

Ash from the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days.

Read more: Earthquakes near Iceland volcano 'biggest felt in years'

Passengers remembered on fatal boat crash 25 years on

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Expert confirms Iceland volcanic ash could hit south

Airports across the South are keeping a close eye on the rumblings of an Icelandic volcano that is on 'orange alert'.

The authorities fear if the Bardarbunga erupts it could throw up vast clouds of volcanic ash - causing a repeat of the chaos at Gatwick and Heathrow four years ago.

We spoke to Doctor Nicolas Bellouin from Reading University and asked him how serious is the risk of a volcanic eruption?

RNLI pay tribute to Marchioness tragedy

The RNLI have among those remembering the Marchioness disaster, 25 years ago.

A service this afternoon will pay tribute to the 51 people who lost their lives in the tragedy.

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Fire brigade remembers those in Marchioness disaster

A service is being held to commemorate twenty five years after the tragedy on the Thames, where 51 people were killed.

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Tribute for those killed in 1989 Marchioness disaster

The names of 51 people killed in the Marchioness pleasureboat disaster will be read out at a service in Southwark Cathedral later. The tribute will mark 25 years since the tragedy. Shaun Lockwood-Croft from Aldershot in Hampshire was one of those who died.

The vessel sank after being hit by a dredger on the River Thames in 1989.

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A tribute will take place at Southwark Cathedral Credit: ITV News
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