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We are all at nature's mercy

Published 14/05/2010 | 08:28

IF THE losses suffered by airlines and businesses associated with travel and tourism are added up, they will probably amount to billions of euro by the time the Icelandic volcano ash goes away.

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Experts are warning that Europe should brace itself for a summer of disruption. And that could turn out to be an optimistic prediction; the volcano's last eruption lasted two years.

The cloud has reminded us just how helpless we are in face of the fury of nature and how vulnerable are our most powerful machines to the might of microscopic dust.

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