Ash Cloud Reaches Africa

Airport closed in Morocco, Spain, Turkey
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 4:31 AM CDT
Ash Cloud Reaches Africa
In this aerial image from video made Tuesday May 11 2010 a column of fire, smoke and ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano. Ash from the volcano wound its way down to North Africa and curled over to Turkey on Tuesday May 11, 2010, forcing authorities to shut down Casablanca airport in Morocco...   (AP Photo/RUV, via APTN)

(Newser) – Drifting ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has closed airports as far away as the Sahara. Authorities in Morocco, which wasn't affected by last month's closures, shut down 10 airports today as an ash cloud moved south. Some Spanish airports were also forced to close and Turkey briefly closed a section of airspace south of Istanbul as ash drifted over, Reuters reports.
(Read more Eyjafjallajokull glacier stories.)

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