The Grimsvotn volcano is erupting in Iceland and many nervous watchers are wondering if this is the sign Harold Camping was predicting would signal the end of the world on May 21, 2011.
But AP reports from the scene indicate this eruption has been expected by scientists monitoring the volcano since its last eruption in 2004. The Grimsvotn volcano is unique because it lies beneath a glacier, so seismic activity makes itself apparent before an event due to the increasingly melting ice. Scientists say this eruption should be relatively small in size and that local residents have been warned to evacuate. They don't expect any injuries or deaths.
This volcanic eruption is getting an unusual amount of press attention, however, because of the date, May 21, 2011. Today is the day Harold Camping predicted would usher in the end of the world and prophesied that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would precede the "Rapture" event.
Iceland is a highly volcanic country, and the last large eruption of the EyjafjallajÃ¶kull volcano in 2010 caused major difficulties in the area which relies heavily on air transport.
Scientists don't believe this eruption will have the same effect, which is good news for Camping's followers who are expecting to meet Jesus in the air any time now.