As if it were cued up by Harold Camping himself to prove his Family Radio end of the world prediction, the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland -- one of the country's most active -- began erupting under the Vatnajokull glacier (the country's biggest) this evening. The volcano eruption was accompanied by a series of small earthquakes, reports Iceland's Meteorological Office. One eyewitness said the eruption's white plume rose quickly up to 18,000 feet into the air.
Why do I have a feeling that somewhere, Camping is cackling a la Mr. Burns?
Although Grimsvotn last erupted in 2004, and scientists have been expecting a new eruption ever since, the timing of this particular eruption is just a wee bit convenient, right? Ironic? And yeah -- also kind of scary!
Even if it has nothing to do with the Family Radio rapture prediction, it's freaky because it almost feels like we can't get through several weeks on this planet without a crazy-intense or at the very least odd natural disaster.
There's no denying that the frequency and intensity of natural disasters have increased -- even noticeably so in the past few years. Just look at the earthquake in Haiti, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the extremely destructive tornadoes in the South and devastating floods in Mississippi and Colombia! My rationale mind says it's climate change contributing to the extreme weather and natural disasters -- research proves it. But I also gotta say, it freaks me out at the same time! And given how neglectful we've been of taking care of it in many ways, I wouldn't be surprised if the Earth was a wee bit angry with us.
But, at least the good news is that this Icelandic volcano isn't expected to do much. It bears mentioning that the country, which lies along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that divides the Eurasian and North American continental plates, is one of the world's most volcanically active. And thankfully, eruptions tend to just cause local flooding from melting glacier ice, but rarely deaths. Whew!
So, there you have it. The volcano eruption may seem like a freaky coincidence and unnerve us, but there doesn't seem to be too much cause for concern. Unless, of course, this is just the first of many more "coincidental" disasters -- and an apocalypse -- to come...?
Are you freaked out by the Iceland volcano eruption?
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