Close to 40 minor earthquakes were picked up by sensors in the vicinity of Bláfjöll, where the capital’s ski resort lies, between 2:30 and 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The largest of these had a magnitude of more than two.
Bláfjöll. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The epicenter of the earthquake swarm lies to the southeast of Bláfjöll. On Friday, the area was hit by a stronger earthquake of a magnitude of 3.8, ruv.is reports.
However, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the seismic activity originates in different fissure systems. Further activity cannot be ruled out, yet there are no indications of an upcoming volcanic eruption in the area, the Met Office concluded.
On August 30, an earthquake of the magnitude 4.6 hit in the same area but further to the north, closer to Bláfjöll. The earthquake could clearly be felt in Reykjavík.
Click here to read about recent seismic activity elsewhere in Iceland.