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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Travel Cut Short Due to Volcanic Eruption in Eritrea

June 13, 2011

NASA image shows a plume of smoke from an erupting volcano in southern Eritrea, seen at top right, is carried by winds blowing across northern Ethiopia

It’s not clear whether she will be heading back to DC immediately or not:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is cutting short a three-nation tour of Africa due to a volcano eruption that has created an ash cloud over parts of East Africa.

Clinton was to have spent Monday night in Addis Ababa. But she will now leave the Ethiopian capital immediately because the ash cloud from the explosion in Eritrea is heading toward the city.

U.S. officials said the airport at Addis Ababa was to be closed. That meant Clinton faced being stranded if she had proceeded with her planned meetings in Ethiopia on Tuesday.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    June 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    Wow, hadn’t heard this, thanks for the heads up!

    Stay safe Hills!

  2. Tovah permalink
    June 13, 2011 8:15 pm

    That’s crazy! Well I am glad she got out before she got stranded there- we can’t have that! Wasn’t she due to come home on wed.? So she’s probably heading back to DC or NY tonight I guess.

    OT: Stacy, good news, the hasbara isn’t really working despite claims to the contrary:

  3. carolynrodham permalink
    June 14, 2011 8:46 am

    This post is just an excuse to try out my new gravatar.

    • carolynrodham permalink
      June 14, 2011 9:01 am

      Yay! It worked

    • June 14, 2011 9:05 am

      YAY! People finally using gravatars!

      Very nice photo.

      As you know you can use that on any wordpress blog

      I wish others would do that too (hint, hint)

  4. June 14, 2011 9:06 am

    Thain, you’ve been complaining about your avatar, why don’t you create a wordpress gravatar?

    • thainjacobs permalink
      June 14, 2011 9:38 am


      I couldn’t use just Thain for my username because someone else had it.

  5. January 14, 2013 11:05 am

    I Know they are dangerous but i love to see volcanoes then they erupt.

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