Erapture! Iceland Grimsvotn Volcano Has Erupted, White Plume Ejected 18,000 Feet Into Air, Seismic Readings Across Iceland Off The Charts

Tyler Durden's picture

Update from ABC7: A no-fly zone has been enacted within a 120-mile radius of the erupting volcano in Iceland.

From MSNBC:  BREAKING NEWS: Iceland's most active volcano erupting; white plume up to 18,000 feet seen.

And there goes European air traffic once again, with its already stagflationary economy to follow down the drains momentarily. At least depressionary apologists will have something to blame on the Q2 GDP plunge on.


Iceland's most active volcano started erupting Saturday, with a white plume shooting 18,000 feet into the sky, scientists said.

The eruption was followed by around 50 small earthquakes, the largest of which measured 3.7 on the Richter Scale, according to Iceland's meteorological office.

There was a similar eruption at the same volcano in 2004.

The Grimsvotn volcano is located underneath the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland.

First pictures of the explosion courtesy of and @hjortur

A comparable eruption back in 2004:

And the seismic readings across all of Iceland just went off the charts:

And an update on the hotbed of earthquake activity that Iceland has suddenly become:

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   21 May 20:20 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

And in the meantime Reuters is already spinning damage control:

A volcano began to erupt under Iceland's biggest glacier on Saturday, but a geologist said he did not think it would cause the same disruption to air traffic as one that exploded in a different area last year.

The Grimsvotn volcano, under a massive glacier in southeast Iceland, has thrown a plume of white smoke about 15 km (9 miles) into the air, Met Office geologist Hjorleifur Sveinbjornsson told Reuters. He said Grimsvotn last exploded in 2004.

"It can be a big eruption, but it is unlikely to be like last year," he added, referring to the eruption early last year under another glacier which caused air traffic chaos after spewing dark ash into the air.

And he makes this conclusion based on what again?

So... who was joking about the Rapture again?

More as we get it.


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schizo321437's picture

Let`s see if the rule about complacency is true.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I am having an end-of-the-world bbq today.  Party bitchez.

Arius's picture

thats a judgement from above on those icelanders refusing to get on with the program

TIMMAYYY's picture

what, they flicked the switch again....remember last time iceland didnt do what they we go.

Manthong's picture

I wish they would learn to use vowels over there,

max2205's picture

T shirt

I was waiting for the end of time and all I got was this stupid volcano

Why does this stuff only happen on weekends?

Popo's picture

Tyler, I know sensationalism = pageviews.  But when you say "Off the Charts"... do you mean... a relatively unimpressive 3.6 on the Richter scale?


ps:  This isn't Katla, folks.

mogul rider's picture

Tyler's ash pump and dump strikes again.

Have you no shame LOL

Cornering the market in ash he is.

You are a sly one mister


Cocomaan's picture

Knights Templar are able to control telluric currents.

three chord sloth's picture

The eurobankers took most of 'em... especially I, O, & U.

palmereldritch's picture

See what happens when DSK makes bail?

velobabe's picture

look for the ghost faces in the heavy eruption clouds. i found three faces, can anyone else see the ghost faces in the cloud? maybe they are rapture dust ghosts.

falak pema's picture

I can see a couple having looks like the gods are laughing at us...we who expect the world to end today...while they do it up in the clouds...

slewie the pi-rat's picture

the no fly zone will protect the innocent from the rapture of the cloud faces and the eruptive, volcanic sex. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hey Falak/Velo , take a look at the first picture.

What do you see protruding off to the right?

It sure feels like a preparatory day for something big coming up. Shortly. 

War or (presumably) unaided nature? Is  HAARP really for reals?

Wild times.


falak pema's picture

I think Velo is blushing pink! I told you the gods are laughing at us...with a hard on!

Stuck on Zero's picture

Linus sees a doggie and a horsey.

DeadFred's picture

Sorry, all I see is a ducky and a little kitty-cat.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

I see iced bong hits...[koff koff]...and my buzz is off the charts. Wheee!


Hephasteus's picture

A visitor came down from ragnarok.

See the first pic up there on the zerohedge story. That's the visitor fisting venus.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hah, I think we posted the same observation . Sure looks.....telling?


John117's picture

You guys are Pickers.  We found at least seven faces in pic #3 already and we're still going. 

Ash, bitchz!

Hephasteus's picture

Rorshac test failure.

I see an ink blot

I see an ink blot

I see an ink blot

tekhneek's picture


LOLOL FUCK YEAH! That's FUCKIN' AWESOME! I'm starting a restaurant!


But is it pronounced ... bar-buh-cop-a-lips or bar-buh-qew-op-a-lips?

Arkadaba's picture

I think the spelling and pronunciation are still up in the air ... 

mick_richfield's picture

OK, cool.  And -- since I expect that Jesus will shortly be taking me to his bosom (?) I would like to give you my favorite names for bars, just in case you can use them in the future along with your new 5-alarm restaurant.

The Undisclosed Location


and, my personal favorite,

Absinthe Friends.


BigJim's picture

Excellent. I dibs /dev/null

mick_richfield's picture

Ah, god damn it!  It's 9 minutes after 6 p.m. in the Sovereign State of Michigan, and I'm still here!  I knew I shouldn't have told all those Jesus jokes!

Who needs a drink?!



Hephasteus's picture

I'll stand in for him.

You're like vaguely bad for some strange reason.


Hey you lesbians stop tribbing each other in the corner. THAT'S NOT WHAT TRIBULATION MEANS GODDAMNIT!!!


savagegoose's picture

looks like those rapture filters are working  then

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

At closing time, it becomes /dev/urandom


goldfish1's picture

My vote: bar-buh-qew-op-a-lips

Spelling BBQu'apalypse

I_am_always_right's picture

Ha! That's great!

Shit, I should have one too, it seems.

rufusbird's picture

Same here. Cooking up the ribs in the slow cooker right now. They should be ready for the grill in another hour or two.  I have plenty of time left as in California it is only 2:40 pm. I expect I will still be chowing down at six. What a way to go. If it comes I don't have to worry about all the cholesterol...

A litle old lady stopped me on the way of the the Grocery Store this morning and asked me if I thought it was coming. I noticed she had full cart of groceries.

DeadFred's picture

I'm going to an end of the world party in twenty minutes.  Dodged the bullet this time.

Bob's picture

Sorry, but still kicking means you got left behind.  But can it be surprising ZH'ers missed that bus?

Now I suggest we make the most of it: Flash Mob on Wall Street Monday AM.  Bring your favorite means of vengeance and mayhem. 

Barbeque and kegger after the fun--pot luck, guys.  

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Jump, you fuckers!

After we kill the keg, I say we move on to the Hamptons and apply torches and pitchforks.


Long-John-Silver's picture

Lots of Piigs will be consumed, I'm sure.

Smiley's picture

I'm drinking a bunch of Stone Brew to celebrate the end of the world; IPA Bitchez!

decon's picture

Wow! Only the Rothchild's could pull this off!  Yea, that's the ticket.  Wonder how they're trading it?

magpie's picture

short airlines, of course.

And Rothschild looks on contented, having depressed the golden button - the ionosphere and sunspot readouts were just to tempting to resist, though the choice of Iceland as the stage for manmade and "natural" catastrophes was becoming tedious and repetitive, the arousal gained from the doom was certainly worth it all.

One only lives 7000 years for this, he mused whilst scraping a dim spot off his emerald reptilian scales.

DeadFred's picture

Funny but you best hope Tyler's files can't be hacked to track you down...

magpie's picture

He pushes the button, and then is raptured away.

We live in the best of possible worlds.