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Volcano Erupts In Iceland 191

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Reports are coming in that a volcano in Iceland called Grimsvotn has erupted, sending plumes of smoke 15km into the air. It was accompanied by a series of earthquakes, but all of them have been minor so far, and scientists don't believe the eruption will cause problems for air travel like 2010's Eyjafjallajokull event. Local coverage in Icelandic is available, as well as early pictures of the eruption.
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Volcano Erupts In Iceland

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  • Oh man... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki&gmail,com> on Saturday May 21, 2011 @07:30PM (#36205394) Homepage

    We're all doomed! Repent! Then end is here! ... I still have time for the doomsday stuff right?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by swabeui (1291044)
      You know at least half the people over there had this thought cross their minds, "Shit, I hedged my bets wrong"
      • by Black Parrot (19622) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @10:17PM (#36206100)

        You know at least half the people over there had this thought cross their minds, "Shit, I hedged my bets wrong"

        Hedging the bet was easy. I just hung around on the west side of a time zone division, watching to see whether anything happened on the east side. If people had started going up, I would have had an hour to get to church and get saved.

      • Re:Oh man... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Sir_Lewk (967686) <sirlewk.gmail@com> on Saturday May 21, 2011 @10:36PM (#36206176)

        No, I really doubt that. 1) Icelanders are not idiots. 2) It's fucking Iceland. This is hardly the first time they've seen some volcanic activity.

        Had this been in biblebelt kansas, maybe you'd be right.

        • No, I really doubt that. 1) Icelanders are not idiots.

          They started loads of dotbanks, took in shedloads of money as of deposits, then refused to pay any of it back.

          Idiots, no. Thieving bastards, yes.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Wait, isn't saying "a volcano erupted in Iceland" like saying "a bag of rice fell over in China"?

      I mean come on, the whole thing is basically a set of the biggest active volcanoes on the whole fault line, with some grass on them.
      I say "some grass", because the rest is still dead land from the last giant magma flow.

    • Raptors! Raptors! Oh wait... that's not what we're talking about here... is it?
    • by fredmosby (545378) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @10:58PM (#36206234)
      There just wern't any true believers to take to heaven.
  • Random chance (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21, 2011 @07:32PM (#36205402)

    Even though this is purely coincidentally, all the believers of the May 21 "rapture" are going to cite this as evidence.

    • by Yo Grark (465041)

      Hey if they all flee to iceland, all the better for the rest of us*

      *iceland excluded.

      - Yo Grark

    • Even though this is purely coincidentally, all the believers of the May 21 "rapture" are going to cite this as evidence.

      Umm, if they're still 'here' after May 21st, all the evidence in the world isn't going to be very persuasive.

      And as a side note, what's with these weird Icelandic names? "Vatnajokull" sounds like something only a Scrabble fanatic would come up with.

      • by jd (1658) <imipak@nOSPam.yahoo.com> on Saturday May 21, 2011 @07:51PM (#36205564) Homepage Journal

        You've got to remember that they're descended from the Vikings. If you look at the syllables in Vatnajokull, they're all something you could get out between sword swings. Evolution would have taken its course and all longer syllables would have died out.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by erroneus (253617)

        They have cats that like to walk across their keyboards. That's just what happens...

      • On an unrelated note: English names are stupid. Really.

        Come on, why 'Colbert' is pronounced as 'Col-bear'? Or what about this 'th' sound in general? It's ridiculous!

        Names starting 'w' ('William', 'Watson') are laughable and ambiguous - the first sound can not be adequately transcribed in Russian, it's either hard 'w' (as in 'water') or clear 'u'. Wouldn't it better if everyone just used perfectly serviceable Russian names like Tatyana or Fyodor?

        And don't get me started on differences between 'wh' and 'th'.

        • Colbert, like many of our weird English spellings, is French.

          • by russotto (537200)

            Colbert, like many of our weird English spellings, is French.

            Fine. But Worcester (pronounced "wooster" or "woosta") and Taliaferro (pronounced "throatwarbler mangrove", err, no, actually "tolliver") have no similar excuse.

            • by Yvan256 (722131)

              Waiter! Can you bring me some worcheser.... worchestire.... worcestyre.... ketchup, please?

        • by Nirvelli (851945)
          Colbert - It's French, Bitch. [wikia.com]
          (Also, by video. [thedailyshow.com])
        • by Hazel Bergeron (2015538) on Sunday May 22, 2011 @03:47AM (#36206822) Journal

          I take it you already know
          Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
          Others may stumble, but not you,
          On hiccough, thorough, lough and through?
          Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
          To learn of less familiar traps?
          Beware of heard, a dreadful word
          That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
          And dead: it's said like bed, not bead -
          For goodness sake don't call it deed!
          Watch out for meat and great and threat
          (They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).

          A moth is not a moth in mother,
          Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
          And here is not a match for there
          Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
          And then there's dose and rose and lose -
          Just look them up - and goose and choose,
          And cork and work and card and ward,
          And font and front and word and sword,
          And do and go and thwart and cart -
          Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
          A dreadful language? Man alive!
          I'd mastered it when I was five!

          (author unknown)

          For extra credit, look up Gerard Nolst Trenité.

      • Even though this is purely coincidentally, all the believers of the May 21 "rapture" are going to cite this as evidence.

        Umm, if they're still 'here' after May 21st, all the evidence in the world isn't going to be very persuasive.

        You can bet that some will cite this as evidence that they had the date right, but God decided to let us off with a mild warning.

  • Rapture (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tom17 (659054) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @07:35PM (#36205444) Homepage

    Fail.

    • Re:Rapture (Score:5, Funny)

      by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Saturday May 21, 2011 @08:16PM (#36205664)

      Fail.

      With the world economy the way it is right now, it's hard to do a quality Rapture on the limited budget that God can afford, what with his credit rating in the toilet, and all.

      • by game kid (805301)

        With the world economy the way it is right now, it's hard to do a quality Rapture on the limited budget that God can afford, what with his credit rating in the toilet, and all.

        It's all His fault! He could've just bought that 1-bedroom house in Flushing (J-Dawg got His right hand and they can share the flatscreen, so no need for 2), but He just had to take out the jumbo morg on that crib with the pearly gates. Our God is an idiot.

  • with H-bombs
  • ...sending plumes of smoke 15km into the air.

    15 km is nearly two times the height of Mt. Everest.

    Which is very, very high up.

    • by Compaqt (1758360)

      >15km into the air

      Speaking of which, does the air extend 15 km up?

      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        According to wikipedia, the atmosphere [wikipedia.org] extends 100 km up. This volcano has quite a way to go before it hits space. Although it may have made it up to the stratosphere.
      • by JustOK (667959)

        according to the Big Bang Theory, 10 miles is still in the atmosphere

        • It's not even *that* far up--most modern military jets can fly that high.

          • by geekoid (135745)

            Yes, it is that far, it's just that modern technology has, once again, made nature their bitch.

            • Still, any height at which an airplane staying aloft by aerodynamic forces and using an air-breathing engine can operate has to be described as part of the atmosphere.

          • by JustOK (667959)

            still a good place for inaccurate Star Trek sex

  • by lucm (889690) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @07:50PM (#36205548)

    Not only those people give asylum to known subversive people (such as Bobby Fischer) but with their volcano eruptions they are speeding up glaciers melting, causing people to believe in global warming. And whenever they run out of money because they can't do proper banking they make deals with the communists.

    If they could send the fumes over Libya it could cripple the army and help the revolution - but no, they prefer bothering the good people who are planning a trip to Europe.

    (Days like this one, I feel like I could do a pretty decent job at Fox news).

    • Wow, that's like the exact opposite of what I was thinking. Not only does Iceland have chess on TV, and hot babes, but they have cool volcanoes on top of it! How can it really get any better?
      • by lucm (889690)

        > Not only does Iceland have chess on TV, and hot babes, but they have cool volcanoes on top of it! How can it really get any better?

        They could have hot babes on tv and chess on top of volcanoes! That would be awesomer.

        But no, they insist of ruining my trips to Europe.

        • by Culture20 (968837)

          Not only does Iceland have chess on TV, and hot babes, but they have cool volcanoes on top of it! How can it really get any better?

          They could have hot babes on tv and chess on top of volcanoes!

          Volcanoes on TV and chess with hot babes? Strip chess?

          • by lucm (889690)

            You fool, hot babes don't play chess, they are too busy posing for cheap t-shirts ads, wearing headsets (see http://www.headsethotties.com/ [headsethotties.com]) and/or using their charms to make people sign waivers when they get caught in lousy hidden camera pranks. Duh.

      • Re:Down with Iceland (Score:5, Informative)

        by Idarubicin (579475) <allsquiet@@@hotmail...com> on Saturday May 21, 2011 @09:48PM (#36206006) Journal

        How can it really get any better?

        The entire country pretty much runs on geothermal and hydroelectric power.

        There are bathable hot springs.

        The word geyser comes from Icelandic.

        The whole country is snuggled up against the Arctic circle, but the jet stream keeps it from getting unpleasantly cold. In summer it can get quite toasty, actually. (And from June through August the sun dips below the horizon, but it never gets really dark.) In winter, you can see northern lights in the afternoon.

        They have Europe's largest waterfall.

        And millions of puffins.

        And, for better or worse, Björk.

  • So, I don't get it, is /this/ the end of the world?
  • Ragnarok! (Score:4, Funny)

    by chill (34294) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @08:00PM (#36205600) Journal

    Not the Christian Rapture, but Ragnarok! Right date, wrong set of Gods. Oops.

    They probably just saw the movie Thor, causing Odin to blow mead thru his nose. Keep an eye on the sun, and any wolves you meet.

    • by Culture20 (968837)
      Has the Internet seen an increased number of trolls?
    • by Knutsi (959723)

      As a Norwegian I found the movie Thor quite interesting (: It was sort of neat how they refurbished the old cosmology of the norse mythology with modern day elements. Apart from the annoying pronunciation of scandinavian words ("We're going to Jotunheim!" which is an actual place [wikipedia.org] quite close to where I grew up) it was fun.

      Those who like the movie might enjoy taking a peek at the actual mythology [wikipedia.org] (:

  • by catmistake (814204) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @08:11PM (#36205642) Journal
    Every time there's a volcanic eruption we are reminded by anti-volcanics just how dangerous volcanos are, that even with really thick gloves lava is simply too hot to handle, and no amount of safety regulations will mitigate the mortal danger they pose. When will society wise up and realize volcanos are far too unpredictable? Even if there weren't eruptions, no amount of science or development is going to make them economically viable.
    • by jamesh (87723) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @09:35PM (#36205972)

      This is exactly the sort of anti-volcanic rhetoric I'd expect from the unwashed masses. This volcano was built using plans from three generations ago. Todays volcano's are far safer and far less likely to erupt in such an unpredictable fashion. Your are glossing over the fact that this volcano has just endured a rapture and is only blowing a small quantity of ash. The design specifically stated that the volcano would require some additional re-enforcements before the rapture came but these were never done owing to budget constraints, so it's hardly fair to judge all volcano's on the poor maintenance of this one case.

      • Brilliant!

      • by sincewhen (640526) on Sunday May 22, 2011 @03:01AM (#36206796)

        This. We have had no new volcanoes in the US for decades. The ones we have are getting quite old, but have been operating safely - there have only been minor incidents and occasional loss of life. Instead of learning from the mistakes of other countries (Look at Krakatoa or Pompeii) and having safe volcanoes, they refuse to allow any new volcanoes at all. Meanwhile, earthquakes kill far more people, but we do nothing about them!

      • by vegiVamp (518171)

        I've had modpoints continuously all week, and today of all days I have none :-(

        Rapture probably took 'em to heaven.

  • Has there or has there not been an increase in weather and seismic events on the planet of late? Starting as early as hurricane katrina, the frequency and severity of such events seem to be increasing. Of course it could be that the news is making a much bigger deal than ever before and I never noticed before and now take more notice of these things. So I wonder if there isn't some sort of data which could be made into a larger overall picture of what has been happening and how severe the events have bee

    • by YrWrstNtmr (564987) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @08:25PM (#36205704)
      Has there or has there not been an increase in weather and seismic events on the planet of late?

      No.

      Of course it could be that the news is making a much bigger deal than ever before and I never noticed before and now take more notice of these things.

      Yes.
      • by Solandri (704621)

        Of course it could be that the news is making a much bigger deal than ever before and I never noticed before and now take more notice of these things.

        Yes.

        As the world's population increases, it becomes more and more likely that a natural disaster will strike a populated area. Corollary to that, as technology advances, it becomes more and more likely that there will be video of a natural disaster for news services to splash all over the TV/website.

    • Has there or has there not been an increase in weather

      We've always had a constant amount of weather; it's just the quality that changes.

      • by erroneus (253617)

        At least quote the WHOLE sentence will ya? "weather AND seismic events." You know? As in "weather events and seismic events" combined for efficient and meaningful sentence construction? And it was implied that I was talking about disasterous weather events, not seasonal rain or clear skies.

        It has been recorded that the temperature of the oceans have increased. It has been recorded that there has been an increase in seismic activity over the past 10 years when compared against the previous 10. So maybe

  • After the eruption of Eyajawhatever people were theorizing that it would be followed by an eruption of Katla [wikipedia.org] based on records of past eruptions. But instead of Katla, Grimsvotn lit off instead. I wonder if there's any relation between the two, and if so if this means that the pressure has been relieved and Katla isn't going to do anything, or if we're building up to a spectacularly huge Katla eruption,
    • Re:Interesting (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Idarubicin (579475) <allsquiet@@@hotmail...com> on Saturday May 21, 2011 @10:07PM (#36206066) Journal
      Grímsvötn has been erupting semi-regularly for decades; in the last twenty years there have been eruptions in 1996, 1998, 2004, and now 2011. While long-term volcano prediction is more of an art than a science, there's no particular reason to believe that this eruption is related to either the Eyjafjallajökull eruption or to the still-apparently-quiescent (keep your fingers crossed) Katla. Grímsvötn is actually quite a distance from Katla: roughly 150 km. Eyjafjallajökull is much closer to Katla (just 30 km) and the initial smaller eruption last year (on Fimmvörðuháls) was nearer still.
      • by Rei (128717)

        Oooh, someone who knows their Icelandic geography and actually types their accents, umlauts, and eths ;) I'm actually hoping to hike Fimmvörðuháls in July. It should be pretty neat, seeing the lava that móði and magni laid down fresh over the trail.

        • I do envy you... It's about 10 years now since I last made it to iceland. I need to get back there. Since then, i picked up fishing... so those salmon up there do increase the urge by quite a bit :D
  • More great taste. Much less filling! *And* you don't have to listen to those annoying proselytizers.

  • by time zones. Camping never did say whether that was 6pm standard time, daylight time or sun time. So let the eruptions and volcanic fun commence!

  • I recommend Erik Klemetti's blog Eruptions [bigthink.com] to anyone who wants to follow Grimsvotn in detail. He has two posts on it already: http://bigthink.com/ideas/38526 [bigthink.com] and http://bigthink.com/ideas/38530 [bigthink.com], and they include links to webcams and other information sources.
  • View the eruption from an airplane:

    http://visir.is/section/MEDIA99&fileid=CLP4238 [visir.is]

  • I have never seen a volcano smoke. Ash, rocks, mud, steam, noxious gases yes, but no smoke.
    You want smoke you gotta burn something.
    (maybe the volcano came up thru a coal bed???) (no coal that I know of in Iceland).

    NB: Maybe trolls are surreptitiously feeding it peat.

  • by Anarchduke (1551707) on Sunday May 22, 2011 @06:41PM (#36212512)
    Eyjafjallajokull ???
    ...you made that up by slamming your forehead into the keyboard.
  • Written from the inside the ash cloud, Reykjavik For those of you who are interested there are a few streams online of the volcano and surroundings. These are being set up so they are not all functional at this moment. Also dont expect to see much in all the webcams when the wind is blowing from certain directions. The ash cloud actually reached Reykjavík 26 hours after the start of the eruption, which is much fast than last summer during the eruption in Eyjafjöll. I will have to give you a few
    • by Naphoon (518208)

      Written from the inside the ash cloud, Reykjavik For those of you who are interested there are a few streams online of the volcano and surroundings. These are being set up so they are not all functional at this moment. Also dont expect to see much in all the webcams when the wind is blowing from certain directions. The ash cloud actually reached Reykjavík 26 hours after the start of the eruption, which is much fast than last summer during the eruption in Eyjafjöll. I will have to give you a few pointers in icelandic since the english version does not have a direct link to the webcams. Webpage: http://live.mila.is/ [live.mila.is] "Vefmyndavélar" means webcams so click that link. Currently the bottom three streams are of the volcanoe. "Grímsvötn" is the volcanic system "Hvannadalshnjúkur" is the mountain not far from Grímsvötn. And finally a little extra treat, a time vs richter map of the eartquakes in the area Again "Vatnajökull" is the glacier that Grímsvötn are in so you can click that for a more detailed map. Have fun.

      Sorry, forgot the link to the earthquake site http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/ [vedur.is]

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