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Have you heard about the volcano going on right now?

Asked by nailpolishfanatic (6612points) May 21st, 2011

I suppose most of you already know about the glacier Eyjafjallajökull where there was a volcano 1 year ago at around this same time. Oh well there was another small volcano that erupted tonight at around 6:00 PM/18:00 hrs. This place is called Grímsvötn and there are lakes… if you want more information you can keep track with BBC here.

What comes to your mind when you hear about the volcano and the rumours that the world is coming to an end? o.O

Just felt like discussing about it with my fellow flutherites?

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downtide's avatar

Iceland is very volcanic. It has eruptions on a very regular basis. It’s not an omen of anything (except maybe speculation about whether they’ll close European airspace again)

Kardamom's avatar

If you talk to geologists, volcanos big and small, and earthquakes big and small happen all the time. But because the earth is so big and most of it is covered by the ocean, most of these occurrences go by unbeknownst to most people, except for the geologists and other scientists who monitor these kinds of things. The likelihood of something happening today was a lot higher than you’d think, but not because of any Rapture.

filmfann's avatar

The eruption was at 5:30pm, not 6.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I live 30 miles from a volcano that has been continuously erupting since 1983, so these things don’t excite me too much. Granted, Kilauea and Maona Loa are shield volcanoes that are unlikely to cause great disruption to air traffic or threaten life, but still Kilauea has been erupting for 28 years.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I just heard about it on the radio. I’m interested to hear developments. The last one was pretty monstrous and affected the economy a lot.

jrpowell's avatar

Iceland is a volcano. That is how it got there. And the one going off right now is the most active volcano on the volcano.

Ajulutsikael's avatar

I hope everyone in Iceland will be okay regardless of what happens. It’s sad that this will be exploited and Camping might use this as part of his prediction.

lillycoyote's avatar

Volcanos erupt frequently. The one your talking about also erupted in 2004 when the end of the world was not scheduled. So, the first thing that comes to mind is “volcano erupting again.” I also lived in Portland, Oregon when Mt. St. Helen’s erupted. Lived through the dome building eruption, the ash storms, and the big one, May 18th, 1980. The anniversary of the eruption was two days ago. I think volcanos are pretty cool and will always remember what a great experience it was to be there for that, well, except for when you were waiting at a bus stop and the buse kicked up clouds of volcanic ash when it pulled over the curb and stopped. To get up on high ground, even a pedestrian bridge, or sometimes even from the street and see an active volcano erupting in the distance on a regular basis is pretty amazing. But to see this as any more than a coincidence is really silly and not terribly rational.

rebbel's avatar

When i heard about it my first thought was that there would be probably made a connection with this 21 May mania.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@filmfann Oki. Bust still its the same time?

lillycoyote's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic And, again, as your link mentions, it also erupted in 2004 which is not at all the same time.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Today’s worldwide seismic activity was abnormally low. One volcano going off doesn’t really validate Harold Camping, especially since it went off 30 minutes early.

Bellatrix's avatar

What doesn’t come to mind is that the world is coming to an end.

mazingerz88's avatar

Volcanoes are like stubborn pimples in what would be our still young and still evolving Mother Earth’s face. They are as natural as the shifts in weather across the globe. This planet could wipe us all out in one day and would not even know it did that. We as a specie seems to be the only one capable of using our imagination. Hence, end of world predictions. I felt that when Bush got elected.

incendiary_dan's avatar

@mazingerz88 Not only is there plenty of evidence other species use something akin to imagination, but not all cultures have end time beliefs. It’s the product of a linear view of the world and some other cultural traits.

As far as apocalyptic volcanoes, the Yellowstone Caldera is much more worrying. Iceland’s volcanoes tend to just disrupt Iceland and sometimes Europe.

mazingerz88's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic Yeah I know, awful metaphor and gross too. : )

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Holy shit! There were over 40 earthquakes in Italy today! One of them at 6pm!!!!!!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gondwanalon's avatar

Another volcano erupting. So what? Has anyone seen Jesus yet? You can’t have a good rapture without Jesus.

filmfann's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus I don’t see anything online about italian earthquakes. Can you post a link?
We had one tonight in Hercules, CA, at a very small 3.6. No one here even notices anything under a 5.

Bellatrix's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus earthquakes happen all the time. Here is a link to a map for the last seven days link

I am not going to start packing a weapon based on situation normal.

Ladymia69's avatar

Hey, everyone! I predict that an earthquake/volcanic eruption will occur within seven minutes of me typing this!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@filmfann Italy gets hit with more than 40 earthquakes everyday. That’s the joke.
@Bellatrix I know. I know. I’m kidding.

wundayatta's avatar

It means that the world has ended and no one noticed.

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