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Three Earthquakes Over M5.0 off North Iceland Coast

An M5.8 earthquake occurred last night at 7.07pm off Iceland’s north coast. It was the third earthquake in the area measuring over M5.0 since June 19, and part of an ongoing earthquake swarm along the Tjörnes fracture zone. The Icelandic Met Office’s automated detection system has registered 4,000 earthquakes in the zone since Friday, according to Natural Hazard Specialist Einar Hjörleifsson.

In addition to the three earthquakes measuring over M5.0, there were also nine earthquakes ranging from M4.0-4.6. The earthquakes have been felt across North Iceland and as far away as the Reykjavík capital area in the country’s southwest. Einar says, however, activity in the area has reduced since yesterday.

Earthquakes Caused Landslides

The earthquakes caused several landslides in North Iceland, though no property damage or injury was reported. The Icelandic Coast Guard flew over the area with staff members from the Met Office yesterday to inspect the landslides as well and assess whether more would occur. “It’s difficult to say but there was nothing indicating there would be further landslides. There were no surface cracks visible,” stated Einar.

Activity Expected to Continue

According to Einar, such earthquake swarms have been known to last for around a week. The swarm is expected to continue in the coming days and the Met Office says it cannot be excluded that a larger earthquake (>M6) could occur. In most cases, however, such activity ends without a larger event.

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