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Update on volcanic ash cloud

24 May 2011

Ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano has entered UK airspace however it is highly unlikely to cause any health risks. Experts who have spoken with the British Lung Foundation said that unlike last year’s volcanic eruption, there is less ash in the sky from the Grimsvotn volcano and the coarser ash particles will probably fall out of the plume much closer to Iceland, and as a consequence there may be very little ash fallout across the UK when the ash plume passes over.

Dr Keith Prowse, medical spokesperson for the British Lung Foundation said:

“In light of the latest news that ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland has reached the UK, we would advise people living with a lung condition in affected areas to carry their medication as a precaution. The British Lung Foundation’s Helpline can also provide advice to anyone concerned about the ash cloud on 08458 50 50 20.”


If you are concerned about the ash cloud, please email our Helpline on or call the BLF Helpline on 03000 030 555