Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Begins To Erupt, Ash Cloud Imminent After Aviation Warning Raised To "Red"

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In April 2010, it was Iceland's unpronouncable Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted and forced more than 100,000 flights to be canceled on concern glass-like particles formed from lava could melt in aircraft engines and clog turbines.

A year later, in May 2011, ash from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano forced flight cancellations in Scotland, northern England and Germany leading to further lower "GDP  adjustments" across Europe which back then was in desperate need of a scapegoat for its then double-dip recession.

So in what may be good news for Europe once again, now teetering on the edge of a triple-dip recession (in the confines of Europe's worst depression ever), moments ago Iceland's meteorological service reported that the island's Bardarbunga volcano, having been closely observed by volcano-watchers for the past month due to heightened seismic activity, has begun to erupt which means in addition to Russia's trade war, Europe now has another volcanic eruption to blame its latest GDP contraction on. As the local Met office summarizes, a "small" eruption of lava has occurred to the northeast of the volcano leading the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to declare that "all air traffic is now prohibited in a large radius around the volcano."

According to, the aviation warning color changed to “red,” indicating “significant emission of ash into atmosphere likely” which also means that countless trans-Atlantic flights are about to be halted once again.

Ash cloud may take several hours to appear, Iceland Civil Protection Agency says, because eruption first must melt through an ice cap of 150-400 meters.


A small sub-glacial volcanic eruption has started near Bardarbunga volcano, under the icecap of Dyngjujökull glacier in the northern part of Vatnajökull Glacier, according to the Icelandic Met Office. All air traffic is now prohibited in a large radius around the volcano.


The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has raised the alert phase to emergency phase accordingly. Furthermore, the Met Office has raised the aviation color code from orange to red resulting in the air space above the eruption site being closed. The eruption is considered a minor event at this point. Because of a pressure from the glacier cap it is uncertain whether the eruption will stay sub-glacial or not.


Authorities say that an evacuation program has been set in motion, but there are currently not enough information to decide whether Kelduhverfi and Oxarfjordur, on the north coast, will be evacutaed. A number of tourists are in the area.


The Coast Guards aircraft, TF-Sif, is currently monitoring the area and there are no visible signs of a plume at this moment. Nothing indicates floods because of the eruption.


At this stage measurements taken are based on a small event. The Jökulsárgljúfur canyon has been closed and evacuation of tourists in that area and around Dettifoss waterfall has started. The situation at this stage does not call for evacuation of habitants in Kelduhverfi, Öxarfjördur and Núpasveit. People in those areas are encouraged to watch news closely and have their mobiles switched on at all times.

BNO News adds that "a  small sub-glacial eruption started Saturday near the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland, prompting the evacuation of tourists and causing the closure of airspace in the area, Icelandic police said, adding that it was uncertain whether the eruption would stay sub-glacial. The Icelandic Met Office said it believed a small sub-glacial lava eruption begun on Saturday afternoon under the icecap of the Dyngjujökull glacier in the northern part of the Vatnajökull glacier, near the Bárðarbunga volcano. It followed a “significant” increase in seismic activity that begun after 10 a.m. local time.

“The eruption is considered a minor event at this point. Because of pressure from the glacier cap it is uncertain whether the eruption will stay sub-glacial or not,” Icelandic Police said in a statement. “The Coast Guard aircraft, TF-Sif, is currently monitoring the area and there are no visible signs of a plume at this moment. Nothing indicates floods because of the eruption.”

As a reminder, the Bardarbunga volcano is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) wide and rises about 1,900 meters (6,234 feet) above sea level. It last erupted in 1996 and can spew both ash and molten lava. The volcano lies beneath Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Roads to and from the area have been closed and the Coast Guard was today scheduled to fly over the area with scientists from the University of Iceland and people from the Civil Protection Agency.

Or, to put it in social network-friendly terms, Big Bardarboom which will shortly lead to a flurry of press releases by international airline carriers halting transatlantic flights and leading to chaos, further GDP forecast cuts, and the ECB finally getting the geological boost it needed to justify yet another monetary intervention.

 -> Update: Sure enough moments ago on Bloomberg: Eurocontrol Says Danger Area Declared Around Icelandic Volcano

Those who wish to track all the latest seismic activity in 3-D can do so at the following page..

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A preview of the coming economic disruptions.

<Be prepared for falling fiat on a global basis.>

El Vaquero's picture

Our economy is already fragile.  Imagine if this was to be one of these eruptions that was to last months upon months, leading to another "year without summer."


Given how screwed up everything already is, and given how interdependent we are on the global economy, that would be a real black swan event.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I don't know where you live but over here on the east coast of the US we are already in the middle of a "year without a summer". Where we live overnight lows are often in the low 50's and high 40's and daytime highs never above 85, with several weeks barely into the 70's. Long term natives of our area all say this is VERY unusual.

No drought here as well. So much rain in fact that everything is extremely green, including the grass which normally is going brown this time of year from the heat and low rainfall.

RafterManFMJ's picture

See Maunder Minimum:

Winter is coming.

Publicus's picture

The day of judgement draws nearer.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

A volcanic bunga bunga as it were. Perhaps Berlusconiesque in magnitude.

Deathrips's picture


That volcano doesnt have enough carbon credits to erupt.



Pool Shark's picture



Bill Clinton had "Bimbo Eruptions."

Obama will have "Bunga Eruptions."


espirit's picture

'a year without summer'...

Down here, that would put the hi's in the mid seventies.

I can live without this fucking heat.

UrbanMiner's picture

Somone needs to impose sanctions on these Icelanders until they get these goddamned volcanoes under control. This is getting ridiculous.

Bárðarbunga's picture

My name is Bárðarbunga and I get ONE upvote.

Wow. Tough crowd...

El Vaquero's picture

I'm in New Mexico.  We've had a few years of severe drought, as in a guy prarie dog hunting had his muzzle blast light some of the vegitation on fire a few years ago, followed up by a  hot, dry June (8 days of triple digits with an average dew point of 39f and .02 inches of rain.) last year that gave way to a deluge starting in July and carrying on into September.  Then it got dry again, but not as hot, followed up by regular rains like it used to be this July. 


I keep enough seed to replant several times, and having planted some of my corn on March 30 this year, I know that my corn can handle a mild frost.  Comparing it to the stuff that I planted later, it did get the shit beat out of it by wind, neighbors spraying weeds, etc... and it did not produce as much, but it did (and still is) producing.

himaroid's picture

Coolest summer ever in the Southeast. Very lush. Gardens overflowing. Stinging biting bugs are HELL.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

coolest summer ever? i live in central florida and he have been having record highs for the past few days

espirit's picture

East Central here.

Heat sux.  I'm ready to go postal.

sschu's picture

"year without a summer". Where we live overnight lows are often in the low 50's and high 40's and daytime highs never above 85

Standard (maybe even good!) weather here in Seattle for the summer.  :-)


ParkAveFlasher's picture

It's actually one of the more pleasant summers in NY.  I'll take it.  This the weather of the summers in my memory of late 70s / early 80s. 

hairInTheSoup's picture

same thing the other side of athlantic.

no summer, instead a cold monsoon season

my bet is that we start to see the effect of the corexit in gulf of mexico : it was supposed to hide the oil spill & it has destroyed the Gulf Stream in the process, Gulf stream being the responsaible for warm weather in northern atlantic as everybody knew already..

thank you BP, thank you corexit, thank you Rotschild (owner of BP & the company that made this corexit).

ebworthen's picture

If the Yellowstone Caldera blows - it will be the biggest broken window ever.

Publicus's picture

Followed by the greatest economic boom in history.

himaroid's picture

Today would be nice. Before the Gulfstreams leave.

Things that go bump's picture

There was a large drop in the human population approximately 70,000 years ago. We almost became extinct, and it is estimated that there were only about 5,000 breeding pairs of our species left, which is why our genetic diversity is so limited. This drop in population was coincident with the last time the Toba supervolcano erupted.

espirit's picture

Too bad the mud-suckers can hold their breath so long.

That's one DC species we could do without.

Gastroinfidel's picture

Seems we are more fragile than some might think. Anthropomorphic climate and ecological change maybe be what, ironically, does us in.

Freddie's picture

Obama, the oligarchs, Deep State and the dual citizens and NeoCons are screwing Europe using the Ukraine.    The Europeans should go to Brussels and put Van Rompouy and Baraoso in a rope.  The Germans need to wake up as well.

Karaio's picture

El Vaquero:

Red Alert! 

News Summary: 

USA sends weapons to combat terrorist Icelandic volcano. 

Send the horse guy to try a peace agreement with the volcano. 

Extraordinary meeting of NATO and EU, sanctions volcano. 

Something very important at the moment is to block all USGS sites not to leak information to the enemy. 

As everyone is aware, the volcano is a communist pariah, is an ally of Putin and Chinese, this volcano can invade the USA and seriously threatens NATO and Israel. 

ISIS reports that Mossad and Palestinians are behind the eruption of the volcano. 

England and France cogitate humanitarian bombing the volcano. 


IridiumRebel's picture

...or nuclear....get your cobalt glasses ready!

813kml's picture

Clearly an act of aggression by Putin, Pentagon preparing to drop military advisors into magma chamber for further investigation.

Ignatius's picture

Has Iceland purchased the necessary carbon credits for this volcano?  That's what I want to know because I'm all about saving the planet and shit, and if Al Gore can sell enough carbon credits then I think we have a chance to square his balance sheet.

espirit's picture

Reduced air travel might slow the spread of Ebola in the Northern hemisphere.

Coke and Hookers's picture

This could be anything from a minor eruption to a big ass eruption with global consequences. The magma from this eruption has been travelling underground for a week and created more than 20 mile long tunnel. The pressure has from what I've heard pushed the north american and eurasian tectonic plates something like 10 inches apart in 6 days. So we're either in for a nice little media event or a blotted out sun all the way over to India for up to two years.

ugmug's picture

Once the eruption begins everyone will run to hide behind the nearest cop, especially one with a gun.


kchrisc's picture

"Once the eruption begins everyone will run to hide behind the nearest cop, especially one with a gun."

Won't work, as cop, gun and badge thug, will shoot anyone running at him.

An American, not US subject.

ugmug's picture

Since my body doesn't resemble a graffiti littered building with piercings hanging all over my torso like barbwire the cop won't mistake me for a deranged computer gamer who just lost their connection with the game server.


Gastroinfidel's picture

To serve and protect. That's what cops are all about, so that stands to reason.

NoDecaf's picture

links? I'd like to check it out

Coke and Hookers's picture

Can't find anything good but here's one translated and barely comprehensible, courtesy of Google.

Yesterday the plate juncture under the volcano had moved 20 centimeters apart since last saturday. There have been approx 7.000 earthquakes since then.

Edit: Here's webcam:

Nothing to see there yet except a sand storm.

craus's picture

All that may happen Coke. But continue to BTFD.

Coke and Hookers's picture

I should be looking for things to short but I can't be bothered. I think I'm gonna mix a coctail instead and have a cigar.

americanspirit's picture

Coke & Hookers - you are absolutely on target. Even a quick glance at the seismic maps accompanying this article shows a big, thick trail of red dots leading NE from the caldera. There's your tunnel. And its getting mighty close to the edge of the land - meaning it will meet the sea pretty soon. Then the explosive forces will open up the land and glacier like a zipper heading southwest back toward the Mama-san caldera. When the sea rushes into that 20 mile long chasm filled with magma we'll see a series of huge secondary explosions. I vote for sun being blotted out over a large portion of Europe and - as you say - all the way to India.

I wonder what GazProm will be charging all those NATO idiots in the EU for gas then? How are you Obama cocksuckers liking those sanctions now?

Oh, and by the way, aufweidersehn to the German solar industry.

Terminus C's picture

Just in Iceland in July.


the little "d" with a cross in it represents the phoneme "th".

The specific area in which the eruption is occuring is one of, if not the most volcanically active regions in the world.  

Fire and Ice... awesome place to visit.

cossack55's picture

Well timed for the re-introduction of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


MsCreant's picture

Party on Wayne...

Party on Barth...

MsCreant's picture




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AlaricBalth's picture

Global economic disruptions, European depression, Russia/Ukraine, ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq, ISIS in Chicago, beheadings, Hamas, Israel, Argentinian implosion, China expansion, California drought, Ebola, open borders, middle class erosion, economic polarization...

To hell with it, lets go golfing!!!