A volcano began erupting near Grímsvötn under the Vatnajökull glacier just before 19:00 this evening. It is unclear how powerful the volcano is, but the thick white cloud of smoke can reportedly be seen from far and wide around south Iceland.
The last eruption near Grímsvötn occurred in 2004. There have been around twenty documented eruptions in the area and they have typically lasted from one to three weeks. In 1873, an eruption lasted seven months, according to mbl.is.
In an interesting twist to the Harold Camping story, the Iceland Meteorological Office recorded a large number of earthquakes in the Grímsvötn area around 18:00, just as Harold had predicted. It remains to be seen, however, if the chosen ones are zapped up to Heaven while the rest of us are left to the volcano’s whim.
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