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Earthquake at Katla Volcano

An earthquake of a magnitude of 3.2 hit Katla volcano, which lies underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap in south Iceland, just before 9:30 this morning.

myrdalsjokull-katla_psMýrdalsjökull, under which Katla volcano lies. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to Gunnar Guðmundsson, seismologist at the Icelandic Office of Meteorology, the earthquake hit at a depth of 100 meters. Several smaller earthquakes occurred shortly before the larger one but no earthquakes have been recorded since, mbl.is reports.

Gunnar says there have been quakes of this strength before in the volcano but that they are not common. There has been little activity in Katla in the last month and there is no evidence of any further developments, he adds.

The glacier-covered volcano is monitored closely. A major glacial outburst flood occurred in July 2011, tearing a hole in the Ring Road in South Iceland.

Click here to read more about seismic activity in Katla and here to read about other recent earthquakes in Iceland.

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