Earthquakes measuring M3 and M3.2 were detected last night near Reykjanestá on the Reykjanes peninsula. The earthquakes were felt by people located near the point of origin. Natural Hazard Specialist Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir of the Icelandic Met Office confirmed that no volcanic activity has been detected in the area.
An earthquake measuring M3 was detected near Reykjanestá at 22:55 PM last night. Another, stronger earthquake measuring M3.2 was detected at the site at 2:32 AM this morning. Activity has since died down. Sigríður described the swarm as normal activity for the region.
Earthquakes on the Reykjanes peninsula inevitably lead locals to ponder whether an eruption is imminent. Last year’s Geldingadalir eruption, active on the peninsula between March and September, was preceded by weeks of powerful earthquakes. Local volcanologist Þorvaldur Þórðarson has stated there is a 50/50 chance another eruption will begin on the peninsula by the end of the year.