The quakes further away than before

More than 150 quakes were detected on meters near Grímsey …

More than 150 quakes were detected on meters near Grímsey yesterday. Morgunblaðið/Sigurður Bogi

The earthquake swarm that started on September 8th outside of north Iceland is still ongoing, but nearly 150 tremors were reported on meters near Grímsey yesterday. There have been 20 tremors in the area since midnight, according to a natural hazard expert.

Two earthquakes with a magnitude of three hit before noon yesterday morning about 15 km north of the island. The bigger one struck at about half past eleven. It had a magnitude of 3.8 and had an epicenter at a depth of 13.9 km. Just before noon yesterday, a 3.3 magnitude quake hit, with its source at a depth of 14.2 km.

The earthquake swarm hasbeen significantly reduced

At the end of September, the Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Northern Region, cancelled the uncertainty level of civil protection due to the earthquake swarm.

Kristín Elísa Guðmundsdóttir, a natural hazards expert, at the Icelandic Met Office, says the earthquake swarm that started in September has been significantly reduced, but it still occurs in gusts. In addition, it is positive that the earthquakes are farther away from the country than those that occurred at the beginning of the swarm.

The quakes are now north of Grímsey but before they were southeast of the island.




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