The geomagnetic storm is impacting measurement accuracy

To the left is a shot from a drone showing …

To the left is a shot from a drone showing the new defense wall northeast of Grindavík. To the right are pink northernlights caused by the geomagnetic storm, as they were seen Saturday night in Novosibirsk in Russia. Composite image/örður Kristleifsson/AFP

Inflation is still increasing in Svartsengi, but due to the ongoing geomagnetic storm, GPS measurements are less accurate than usual.

"GPS tracking in the area has become a little unreliable right now. Because there is so much disruption from the space weather that has been going on," says Einar Hjörleifsson, natural disaster expert at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, in an interview with

The disruption is still not serious, he says.

Astronomer Sævar Helgi Bragason, who likes to be identified with his subject, talked about geomagnetic storms in an interview with on Saturday.

About 40 quakes

Seismic activity increased around the same time as the eruption ended, but the Meteorological Office declared the end of the eruption on Thursday, ascension day.

The night, on the other hand, was quiet on the Reykjaness Peninsula in terms of seismic activity. Around 40 earthquakes have been recorded at the magma tunnel near Grindavík since midnight.

There has also been some seismic activity under Kleifarvatn in the last few days, but there were only about ten earthquakes yesterday.




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