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5.6M Earthquake occurs close to Reykjavík

A large earthquake occurred at 1.43 pm, originating about 7 km (4.35m) west of Kleifarvatn lake on the Reykjanes peninsula. First numbers suggested the quake measured 5.7 but Iceland Meteorological office now puts it at 5.6M. Several smaller aftershocks occurred but so far, no injuries have been reported. 

The earthquake was felt in the capital area and as far as Ísafjörður in the west fjords and the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off the south coast. The halls of Parliament were no exception and Pirate Party MP Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, speaking at the time of the quake was startled. Speaker of Alþingi Steingrímur J. Sigfússon told members of Parliament to stay calm and seated.

Updated: Iceland’s Met office had put the earthquake at 4.9 but after reviewing the data, they state the earthquake was 5.6M. 

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