Monday, May 23, 2011
Iceland volcano erupted on end of the world day, May 21 - ash cloud heading for UK
The Grimsvotn volcano, in Iceland, began erupting on Saturday - the very day (May 21, 2011) that Harold Camping, President of Family Radio, predicted the end of the world.
It apparently showed clear signs of unrest at 6pm GMT (Camping's predicted time). That's spooky - and the soothsayers are all stirred up, although there's no sign of anyone being whisked off to heaven, unless they were on the volcano summit at the time.
The doom-mongers are going to be really disappointed again. Geophysicist Pall Einarsson, of the University of Iceland, says the eruption was much smaller than the one last year: "It is not likely to be anything on the scale that was produced when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted."
An ash cloud from the volcano is expected to reach the UK early tomorrow, but experts believe it will not cause the same disruption to air traffic as last year.
Grimsvotn is beneath the Vatnajokull glacier in an uninhabited part of south-east Iceland. This eruption is the most powerful in 100 years. Since records began in 1920, it has erupted nine times, the last in 2004. Most lasted at least a week, but the 2004 eruption was only four days.
Iceland is a young land and, on average, volcanic eruptions are experienced somewhere on the island once every five years.
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VOLCANIC ASH CLOUD EXPECTED TO REACH UK - BBC