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BREAKING: Yet another powerful earthquake on Reykjanes: Swarm shows no sign of decreasing

By Staff

  • The location of today's earthquakes The epicenter of the swarm is just east of the Blue Lagoon, south-west of Reykjavík. Photo/IMO

A sixth powerful earthquake hit Reykjanes peninsula at 13:55. The magnitude 4 quake was felt in the Capital region and in towns and villages in S.W. Iceland, as well as at Keflavík International Airport and the Blue Lagoon. The epicenter of the quake was 11 km (7 mi) east of the Blue Lagoon, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.

The swarm began early morning, and now counts more than a hundred tremors, 26 of which have been significant quakes, larger than 2 on the Richter scale. Six quakes have been larger than 3: Two magnitude 3 quakes which hit between seven and eight in morning, a 3.9 magnitude quake, followed by two magnitude 3.1 quakes which hit around noon and now a sixth magnitude 4 quake.

The swarm shows no sign of slowing down. A seismologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office told the Icelandic National Broadcasting service the quakes follow a well known pattern for the area. There are no signs of an imminent eruption.

Read more: Why the constant earthquakes? Iceland is slowly being torn apart

The epicenter of the quakes has been  2.5-3 km (1.5-1.9 mi) north-east of Fagradalsfjall mountain, which is located east of the popular tourist destination the Blue Lagoon. The epicenter of the latest quake was 2.7 km (1.7 mi) north east of Fagradalsfjall, 11.4 km (7 mi) east of the Blue Lagoon.

 

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