From Stephanie Orford: "Here's the link to the Fox News thing that we were all laughing about at the office." Orford, a VO blogger, is in Iceland on an internship.
Since the March 20 eruption, volcano experts have been warning it might signal that a bigger, more serious eruption of the volcano Katla is on its way. After I've recounted this knowledge to them excitedly, many Icelanders I know have taken this news in stride, reminding me, with a shoulder shrug, that if you live in Iceland, you should pretty much expect it.
One Icelander I know showed me a Fox News report on YouTube that was basically a forecast for doomsday. It was a laughing stock at the office.
The Icelandic attitude about volcanic eruptions ranges from proud to blasé. For example, in 1973, the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland experienced a volcanic eruption that covered a town in lava and ash. But to Westman Islanders this was no Vesuvius. Everyone knew how to deal with it, and evacuated safely. When it was over they came back, dug their town up, and moved back in.
Maybe it's kind of equivalent to Vancouverites' attitude toward the rain, except with molten lava and ash.