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."


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.


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'


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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?

Have-a-go heroes restrained robber who died

Have-a-go heroes acted lawfully and with reasonable force when they restrained an armed raider who died following a botched jewellery shop heist.

Robber Clint Townsend died when the shop's owner, manager and members of the public piled on top of him "in a big heap" to stop him running away.

The 33-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing after he tried to smash a display window outside the store and was bundled to the ground.

Oxford Covered Market
Clint Townsend died after he was held back at Oxford Covered Market Credit: ITV Meridian

Townsend, of Barton Road, Headington, Oxford, was found to have been left brain dead by oxygen starvation to the brain and was pronounced dead at 1.15pm the next day.

Witnesses described nearly eight men restraining the would-be thief on the floor for three to four minutes before police arrived at Oxford's Covered Market.

Officers started resuscitation attempts after realising Townsend was unconscious and not breathing. He was left in a coma and died in hospital the next day.

The three-day inquest in Oxford heard heavy-set Townsend had an underlying heart condition which had been undiagnosed before his death.

I am not satisfied to the required standard of proof that any of those men acted unreasonably and unlawfully...There has been a deliberate act but the consequences and the fatal outcome was not intended by those people.

I don't think there was any idea from anybody involved of what was going to happen because of his heart condition. He succumbed and gave up the struggle much more quickly than anybody realised because his heart was failing.

– Alison Thompson, assistant coroner for Oxfordshire
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