Seismic Activity Subsiding

Vala Hafstað

The seismic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula, which began December 21, has substantially diminished during the past few days, and no earthquake in excess of 3 has hit in the new year, Elísabet Pálmadóttir, natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Met Office, tells

When asked whether the chance of a new eruption is diminishing, Elísabet responds it is hard to tell, since seismic activity did decrease during the days leading up to the Fagradalsfjall eruption that started March 19.

The Icelandic Met Office continues monitoring the area closely. Scientists warn that large earthquakes can trigger rockfall and small landslides. Travelers are, therefore, urged to exercise caution near steep hillsides.

You can view a table of the seismic activity here. It shows that during the past 48 hours, a total of 134 tremors have registered. By contrast, they were about 3,000 a day over Christmas.


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