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Can you say B.I.M.B.O?

So, the volcanic eruption continues apace in Fimmbörðuháls, between Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. There has been no major change since Monday and still no sign that nearby Katla is about to blow.

Police have dispensed with the ban that was placed on travel to the region, but obviously are not recommending it. They emphasize that people who wish to go there do so at their own risk and cannot expect rescue squads to rush off to save them should they get into hot, er, water.

RÚV’s reporters have been diligent in bringing us the news, and last night showed some AMAZING footage from the eruption, which can be seen here.

Meanwhile, this proves that a nice pair of legs and a pretty face are qualifications aplenty for some news outlets. Never mind what’s between the ears.

… But then again, it IS Fox News.



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  • Chris March 25, 2010, 10:51 am

    Yeah, media footage. This was similar in the german news of the first days “evacuations on the way, but no people harmed or dead” or what I like even more “unexpected eruption”. *Unexpected? Must be a different Iceland.

  • Paul H March 25, 2010, 10:53 am

    Faux News… Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
    Some of the comments for the video are priceless too.
    RÚV’s video is cool.
    Hoping to get a firsthand look at the eruption.

  • Joao Rei March 25, 2010, 11:20 am

    This is what happens when you “shove Health Care reform down our throats”

    Nice going Obama! Now you got Katla mad…

  • Mike Richards March 25, 2010, 11:43 am

    I’m amazed that Fox presenter has even heard of Iceland. They’re usually pretty hazy about anything beyond the fringes of Jesusland.

    It’s worth pointing out that all Icelandic volcanoes produce toxic ash. The magma under Iceland is rich in fluorine and when the ash falls on crops it can be eaten by animals causing a nasty (and potentially deadly) illness called fluorosis which causes everything from bone fractures to eye problems to DNA damage.

    And as if that isn’t bad enough; cooling lava releases enormous clouds of CO2 which can pool in low-lying areas. Because its invisible, odourless and tasteless its possible for animals and people to walk into a cloud of CO2 and asphyxiate. The only victim of the Eldfell eruption on Heimaey was killed by CO2 pouring into a pharmacist shop that they were (probably) robbing.

    The RÚV footage is gorgeous though. I’d love to get that close!

  • Klara March 25, 2010, 12:01 pm

    The RÚV video was really cool.
    And that Fox video was a bit scary, all right Eyjafjallajökull may seem a bit hard to pronounce – but she could at least try!

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland March 25, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Splendid shots, love the guy on the skidoo,with stuff like that who needs a sound banking system ha ha, I love the smell of sulphur in the morning, perhaps this is Gordon Brown’s final warning after the devastating winter Iceland inflicted on us in the rest of the EU,its time to forget ICESAVE or a vast toxic cloud will be headed our way and to Scotland in particular, who needs nuclear weapons when you are awash in volcanoes. Iceland the happiest pile of volcanic rubble in the world.!

  • JimJones March 25, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Yeah, that is a pet peeve. Icelandic isn’t THAT hard to pronounce. It isn’t the !Kung language. You don’t need to click or whistle in order to say these names. If you make your living by talking, you can take the 10 minutes to learn how to say the name. Especially if you think said name is connected with the “end of the world”(ooohhh scary).

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland March 25, 2010, 12:11 pm

    @Klara no I am with the women on that one ha ha.

  • Joerg March 25, 2010, 12:27 pm

    The media coverage of the eruption in foreign media is certainly more sensationalism than anything else. But this kind of hyping things up is pretty common. I’m always impressed by what media can make out of an ordinary snowstorm.

    There are two new webcams providing views of Eyjafjallajökull and the eruption area, one stationed at Hvolsvöllur and another at Thórólfsfell opposite Thorsmörk:


  • Mike Richards March 25, 2010, 12:40 pm

    @ JimJones

    ‘Icelandic isn’t THAT hard to pronounce. ‘

    REALLY? I am still baffled how the letters on the page turn into Icelandic – especially words like ‘Eyjafjallajökull’ which appear to trail off somewhere in the middle as if they’ve got tired somewhere round the fifth syllable and gone for a lie down.

  • jpeeps March 25, 2010, 12:46 pm

    Actually I thought B.I.M.B.O handled it all a degree of panache – the expert however was utterly US-centric and made not even a passing reference to to Iceland’s volcanism. Ultimately just a bit of puffery for his Risk Assessment outfit, I thought.

  • hassan March 25, 2010, 12:48 pm

    “… a nice pair of legs and a pretty face are qualifications aplenty for some news outlets.”
    I take it that’s a reference to Kastljós presenter, Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, aka Miss Iceland 2003.

  • alda March 25, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I take it that’s a reference to Kastljós presenter, Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, aka Miss Iceland 2003. — er no, actually, it is not.

  • DJ March 25, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Here is another piece of deeply thought news reporting:


  • JimJones March 25, 2010, 2:48 pm

    @Mike Richards

    “REALLY? I am still baffled how the letters on the page turn into Icelandic – especially words like ‘Eyjafjallajökull’ which appear to trail off somewhere in the middle as if they’ve got tired somewhere round the fifth syllable and gone for a lie down.”

    Yeah, really. Let’s take “Eyjafjallajökull” First of all, don’t try to say it all at once unless you are a pro(which I’m not, btw, I’ve been working on it off and on for about a month). That one I’d break up into three parts. “Eyja” “fjalla” and “jökull”(from my understanding if you were being technical you’d break it down to “Eyjafjalla” and “jökull”, or “Eyjafjalla glacier”.)
    Then I’d learn how to say each part, put them back together and you have it.

    See? Not THAT hard. I got it and I only know a smidge of Latin, Dutch, and a hair of German(and get a bad case of “The Fear” whenever I think of French, seriously).

  • Rik Hardy March 25, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Fox actually asked the experts here on the ground in Iceland what the situation actually is?
    You know, the ones actually standing on the edge of the eruption with the really sophisticated measuring equipment?
    But “That’s not what we do here at Fox…”.
    If we can scare the crap out of people at the least excuse, THAT’s what we do.
    Then we invade their country and bring it democracy and freedom…
    I think we should ban Fox, not because they are different, but because they are insane – the insanity born of having absolutely no contact with a real world.
    But I know that’s impossible.
    Wise men and women are apparently a dying breed these days – probably because they are not vicious fighters.
    Do I sound depressed? …political correctness… …dumbing-down… …the stupid educating the stupid… ?
    I’m going to listen to some Messiaen, then I’m going to eat a lot of chocolate, and then I might read the news if I feel up to it.

  • Mike Richards March 25, 2010, 5:29 pm

    I feel your pain Rik,

    Fox wouldn’t ask people standing on the edge of a volcano for their opinion – those people are clearly scientists. And scientists use these nasty things called ‘facts’ which get in the way of Fox’s faith-based agenda on all subjects from global warming to gun control. For Fox, scientists have a reputation lying somewhere between liberals and paedophiles.

  • Ralph Haygood March 25, 2010, 6:03 pm

    It’s vastly depressing that Fox “News” is available in Iceland.

  • rifek March 25, 2010, 6:20 pm

    As Faux Spews is a leader both in fearmongering to whip up the American “torch and pitchfork” crowd and in denying anthropogenic climate change, this story was custom made for its agenda. Climate change is caused by forces beyond our control so pray more, and Iceland is the new terrorist threat.

  • Bromley86 March 25, 2010, 6:52 pm

    Very good DJ!

    On the Fox issue, I didn’t have a real issue with what they were saying. Well, I did, but there are people that buy the Sunday Sport with articles about Hitler being found on the moon, so it takes all sorts.

    But the naked fear-mongering was appalling. And she was seriously annoying.

  • Jennifer March 25, 2010, 7:27 pm

    The RÚV footage is amazing, but I could not bring myself to watch more than the beginning of the Fox piece with its front and center world view that nothing is interesting or important unless it directly affects us in the USA. It’s an embarrassment.

  • PeterRRRRRR March 25, 2010, 7:43 pm

    Please, please, don’t think I am defending Fox News, but I believe the woman you are calling a bimbo is Megyn Kelly, host of Fox News “America Live.” program. Before becoming a journalist, she was a practicing attorney, having gone to law school, and passed the bar exam in a number of US states. A mother of a 1.5 year old son. Pretty, nice legs, certainly, but clearly much more going on “between the ears” than you are giving her credit for. Not being able to pronounce Fimmbörðuháls, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull is hardly much to criticize.

  • alda March 25, 2010, 9:00 pm

    PeterRRR – you know, I have long ceased being impressed by college degrees. All you need for a college degree is a modicum of dedication and the ability to cram data into your head for at least a week or two. To me this has little in common with what I feel constitutes real intelligence, which is a blend of open-mindedness, common sense, tact and empathy. To me, those were conspicuously absent in that clip.

    And incidentally, having a baby doesn’t require a great deal of intelligence, either.

  • Mike Richards March 25, 2010, 9:07 pm

    Megyn Kelly might be an intelligent woman, but as her regular contributions to ‘The Daily Show’ prove, she does an incredible impression of a very stupid one. She can normally be found asking questions in the vein of ‘does voting Democrat give you cancer?’ or ‘Sarah Palin: political genius or just the greatest thing ever?’

  • sylvia hikins March 25, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I hired a car and drove down to the eruption area yesterday. There were police and cival guard cars around but it was all low key. I decided not to stay the night in Vik in case something happened and I couldn´t get back for my Monday flight. Anyway, I´ve got some great photos of the eruption (but no one is allowed close enough to see the magma, obviously) and as soon as I get back to the UK I will upload them. The big worry is Katla. She is some BIMBO!!!!!!!
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Rik Hardy March 25, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Thanks for your sympathy, Mike.
    Your summary of Fox was perfect.
    We have people like that here too…

  • Rik Hardy March 25, 2010, 11:00 pm

    I get the feeling Ms. Kelly’s litigious skills consist mostly of shouting her peers down. Like so many Fox types, she’s much too “excited” all the time. Which is just an act, of course. Few people are really like that at home, unless they’re sniffing something…
    As for having a 1.5-year-old son – Well, to quote the bad guy in “Carousel”: “MY mother had a baby once…”
    Which really doesn’t put anything at all between her ears when you think about it, now does it…?
    Alda’s headline is right, and if the woman really is intelligent, then she’s chosen an employer who requires her to bury the fact.

  • gloria March 25, 2010, 11:13 pm

    N0 more Fox News citations, please! I can’t believe you have that crap in Iceland. They create sensationalism simply to get attention in order to promote their political agenda–look at all the comments this generated on your blog, Alda. Ignore them. Maybe they’ll go away.

  • Lissa March 25, 2010, 11:50 pm

    Maybe Katla will blow, and cause the extinction of right wing media WORLD WIDE!!!!

  • Michael Lewis March 25, 2010, 11:56 pm

    “Meanwhile, this proves that a nice pair of legs and a pretty face are qualifications aplenty for some news outlets. Never mind what’s between the ears.”

    Oooohhh meeeow. I think she is wonderful. I love the way she seemed to surprise herself when she says ‘in Iceland!’ at the beginning.

  • PeterRRRRRR March 26, 2010, 12:11 am

    Alda, Rik – Sorry, calling a woman a “bimbo” implies she only obtained her position because of her looks or on her back. While you can pooh-pooh her academic and professional experiences, they hardly represent someone lacking in intelligence. Misguided, absolutely.

    Mike – I’m a long-time Jon Stewart and Daily Show fan, it’s #1 on my TiVo Season Pass list, I’ve probably watched it more than all my viewing of Fox News combined. However, it’s a comedy show, they carefully edit and take things out of context as much as anyone else. Which is fine, it’s funny, but shouldn’t be taken very seriously.

  • maja March 26, 2010, 12:46 am

    Wow that was a seriously retarded news story. It’s pretty obvious that “seismologist” was just trying to get some publicity for his company and was quite willing to add to the dramatic effect, though he was careful to not actually confirm her apparent worst fears.

  • Rik Hardy March 26, 2010, 2:26 am

    I’ll always be grateful to Sarah Palin for bringing Tina Fey to light…

  • Andrew (the other one) March 26, 2010, 5:53 am

    Fox News: “It’s news Jim, but not as we know it”.

    I agree with Gloria, just don’t watch it. You would be better informed by reading the back of cornflake boxes.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland March 26, 2010, 6:27 am

    Never mind all of this point scoring comrades hope is at hand after years of taunting by the evil capitalist west our glorious Russki pilots have flown a daring raid on the place of evil namely Scotland, probably provoked by that fascist budget they did ,10p on a pint of cider shameful !! anyway Iceland can win against the Scots


    As to the pretty woman well we are all envious, I don’t suppose I will ever end up looking like that no matter how much time I would spend in a trendy gym on account of the fact I push 50,plus male with beer gut and attitude problem ha ha.

  • Joerg March 26, 2010, 7:18 am

    The second best thing to being on site is watching the fascinating new webcams with a direct view of the eruption site. Particularly when it got dark yesterday, it was possible to see the bright reflections of the outpouring lava on the Þórólfsfell webcam and some of it even from Hvollvöllur. And the Hekla webcam had been repositioned a bit, providing a view of the steam clouds at the distance.

    The lava appears to be flowing down towards Þórsmörk. I’m wondering, what’s going to happen in case, the lava flow meets up with some of the glacial rivers like the Krossá – it should certainly make for some spectacular effects.

    I envy everybody, who has a chance to watch this event from close up.

  • James March 26, 2010, 7:04 pm

    The interviewer is bright (degree in biology, doctorate in law, legal publications, etc) and is acting as much as Tom Hanks did in Forrest Gump. Fox News is entertainment, anchored by entertainers. I’m just worried this volcano means human beings could become extinct within 5 years…

  • Paul March 27, 2010, 6:21 am

    Several years ago Radar magazine ran a quiz “Fox Business Anchor or Porn Star”. Readers had to decide whether the luscious-lipped vixen pictured was more adept at money stories or money shots. Alas I cannot find it online.

  • Sam March 27, 2010, 11:43 pm


    George W Bush went to both Yale (BA) and Harvard (MBA).

    Granted, his Harvard degree was an MBA, but that tells you all you need to know about academic credentials indicating intelligence.