240 earthquakes detected since last night
The seismic activity on the Reykjanes ridge is apparent on this map from the Met Office. Map/Met Office
A series of earthquakes started northeast of Eldeyjarboði off the Reykjanes peninsula. The source is about 15 metres off shore and the earthquakes have been ongoing since 8:30 PM last night. The biggest two earthquakes that have been detected were 4.4M and 3.9 M according to information from the Met Office.
The earthquakes are on the Reykjanes ridge which is a continuation of the Reykjanes peninsula but mostly under the sea. The Reykjanes ridge is a part of the Mid-Atlantic ridge that separates the North American and Eurasian plates in the north Atlantic.
Approximately 240 earthquakes havebeen detected around Reykjanes peninsula since they started last night. Screenshot/Met Office
Bryndís Ýr Gísladóttir, a natural disaster expert at the Met Office,says that the seismic activity is less now than it was last night, but is still ongoing. Since the activity was detected last night 240 earthquakes have been detected. The biggest one 4.4M was last night at 22:11 PM and two 4.3M and 4M around 11:30 just before midnight.
Seismic activity in Mýrdalsjökull
Seismic activity has been detected in Mýrdalsjökull since Saturday. Early Sunday morning a 3M earthquake was detected and at 11:50 AM another one at 3.8M. All of the earthquakes have been close to the collapse cauldron 10 and 11 in the eastern part of Katla caldera.
“It has been relatively quiet last night in Mýrdaljökull,” says Gísladóttir.