Amazing animation of the Chilean volcano's ash cloud spanning the globe

Amazing animation of the Chilean volcano's ash cloud spanning the globe

This amazing animated image from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) shows how the volcanic ash cloud from Chilean volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle is spanning the globe from Chile (at the top) to affect Australian airspace (at the bottom).

With data from NASA, Japan's JMA and the European EUMETSAT, it's one of the starkest highlights yet of how the plume spreads around Antarctica, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

While the datestamp shows that the image is made up of data produced for last week's ash cloud, the impact on flights today -- with cancellations across the board in Australia's capital cities -- is clear.

Qantas has cancelled all Sydney flights, and airlines are continuing their rebooking and refund policies.

Meanwhile, maps from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre show that the problem doesn't seem to be going away any time soon.

Keep checking back for updates here at Australian Business Traveller, and follow us on Twitter for the very latest: @AusBT.

John Walton

John Walton (John Walton)

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Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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23 Jul, 2017 10:38 am

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