Constant Seismic Activity in North Iceland Skip to content

Constant Seismic Activity in North Iceland

There has been continuous seismic activity in North Iceland since a 5.5 earthquake hit near Grímsey island on April 2. After a quiet afternoon and evening yesterday, the activity picked up again last night following two earthquakes 15 kilometers northeast of Grímsey.

grimsey-field-sheep_psGrímsey. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Last night’s earthquakes measured 3.4 and 3.6 and hit around midnight. Both of them could clearly be felt by the island’s inhabitants, where the earth has trembled for five days now. The seismic activity is currently highest to the northwest of the epicenter of the 5.5 earthquake, ruv.is reports.

Earth scientist Benedikt Ófeigsson at the Icelandic Met Office said all of the earthquakes originate in the Grímsey seismic belt. They might move closer to land as the belt extends into Öxarfjörður fjord, he said. However, there are no indications that the seismic activity is relocating to other fissure zones.

Related:

04.04.2013 | Over 70 Earthquakes Hit North Iceland Last Night

03.04.2013 | North Iceland Quakes Move Closer to Land

02.04.2013 | Earthquake Hits Grímsey in North Iceland

ESA

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article

Facebook
Twitter