Watch Iceland's Volcano Explode from Space

The world didn't break out in earthquakes but Grímsvötn, a volcano in Iceland, exploded over the weekend. The volcano sent a plume of ash and smoke nearly 8 miles high. Um, that's so huge you can see it from space.

The pictures were captured with the Metreosat-9 satellite by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. It's like a pimple popping on the Earth's face. There's also a GIF of the images here. [CIMSS via The Atlantic]

Watch Iceland's Volcano Explode from Space

Watch Iceland's Volcano Explode from Space

Watch Iceland's Volcano Explode from Space