Largest Earthquake in Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Since 2018


Two earthquakes happened within a short time span this morning close to Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The first one happened at 7.40am and measured M2.8, and the later was only 40 seconds later and measured M3.4.

The two quakes were 6km (3.7mi) northwest of Austmannsbunga, a nunatak, or mountain ridge, protruding from the top of the glacier. They are the strongest earthquakes in the area since August 2, 2018, when a 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred.

Another earthquake, M2.4, happened in a nearby area at 7.34am.

Mýrdalsjökull glacier is in South Iceland, near the town of Vík í Mýrdal. The glacier reaches a height of 1,493 metres (4,898 feet) in height, and sits above the active volcano Katla, which last erupted in 1918.

Haymaking in South Iceland Off to A Flying Start


Haymaking in South Iceland has gone unusually well this summer, as the weather has been very pleasant for farmers. Most have finished the first hay mowing, the second has begun in many places and some think that they will get a third mowing done before summer’s end.

Sigurður Ágústsson, a cow farmer and haymaking contractor in Birtingarholt in Hrunamannahreppur municipality, is very glad about how things have turned out. “Yes, it’s been brilliant so far, so I think farmers are very satisfied. It’s been going very well as the weather’s been very pleasant for the last half month or so. The hay is of high quality as the harvest is good and the standard is decent across the board,” he said in an interview with

Sigurður says that cow farmers have increasingly put the hay into silos or heaps, which has given a decent return but most of the work is done by making hay rolls. “It’s lively, indeed. It’s actually been quite convenient for the last two or three weeks, or so. It’s been so dry and nice, so it’s been nice to handle it. It makes a lot of difference. There’s less stress and you can leave something to finish tomorrow which could have been don today, so it’s incredibly convenient,” he said

He even believes there’s a chance for the third haymaking session of the summer. “Yes, I could believe so, at least for those who started early. We started on June 17. It could very well be they those who started early could have to go for a third session.”