Meet Grímsvötn, Iceland's Latest Erupting Volcano

Have you heard about Iceland's fun new volcanic eruption, a nine-mile plume of ash coming out of its most active volcano, Grímsvötn? Let us guide you with a helpful volcano FAQ!

What is it?
Grímsvötn is Iceland's most active volcano. It's located under the Vatnajokull glacier in the south east of Iceland.

When did it last erupt?
In 2004, and before that in 1998, 1995 and 1993.

Why is it erupting now?
The rapture! Just kidding, we don't believe in the rapture. It's UFOs.

Is it going to be like Eya...
Go on.

Eya... fya...
...

Come on, man.
Eyjafjallajökull? Scientists say no; it should be a small eruption that won't effect air travel. In fact, they've been anticipating the volcano to erupt for a while now.

But scientists are often wrong, aren't they?
Yes, all the time. Scientists used to think that the sun revolves around the earth, for example. So, no, I wouldn't trust scientists.

We're all going to die, aren't we.
Yes, we will all die someday.

But from this volcano, I mean.
Yes.

How do you pronounce Grímsvötn?
Like this:

[photo by Sigurlaug Linnet via Valur Thor]