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Iceland: A series of earthquakes that never ends

Iceland: A series of earthquakes that never ends


Many tremors were recorded

A series of earthquakes keeps Iceland in suspense. The authorities recorded about 880 earthquakes between midnight and 6 a.m. on Sunday.

However, all of the tremors that struck Iceland on Sunday remained below magnitude 3.0. So it was much quieter than the previous two nights. However, a volcanic eruption is likely to occur on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest of the capital Reykjavik.

Earthquakes keep Iceland in suspense

However, data from the night showed no change in the magma chambers and did not indicate that activity was approaching the surface. After a multi-day quake – a specific form of a series of earthquakes – authorities evacuated the town of Grindavik, home to about 3,700 people, and also closed the nearby Blue Lagoon, the island’s most popular tourist attraction in the North Atlantic. Pictures taken from the area show deep cracks in the streets and meter-wide holes in the ground. Significant damage to homes is expected.

The new earthquake swarm began about two and a half weeks ago. Since then, thousands of earthquakes have occurred. Volcanic eruptions have already occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 2021, 2022 and this summer. Each of them was announced by a longer series of earthquakes. There was no danger to populated areas in all three explosions.

(Source: APA)

Accessed November 13, 2023 at 11:56 am at Nimm-kein-ende-148491469

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