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Earth Still Trembles below Blöndulón Dam

A relatively large earthquake, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, occurred below Blöndulón dam in the northwestern highland on Saturday night. It is the largest quake in the series which began in the area on Tuesday.


The river Blanda. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Almost 60 earthquakes have been measured in the area since then. At 9:10 pm on Thursday, a quake of the strength 3.7 on the Richter scale hit below Blöndulón and on Friday morning at 10:31, a quake measuring 3.5 points hit the area.

According to Morgunbladid, both of these earthquakes could easily be felt in towns nearby. Blöndulón is a dam in the river Blanda, which runs to the ocean through the town Blönduós.

Geophysicist Páll Einarsson said even though earthquake activity in this region is not common, this is not the first time the ground has trembled there; in 2004 a series of earthquakes were measured near the dam.

Click here to read more about last week’s earthquakes below Blöndulón.

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