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Earthquake Hits North Iceland

An earthquake measuring 3.8 points hit 1:13 am on Saturday night approximately 14 kilometers northwest of Gjögurtá in North Iceland and could be felt widely in the region, including Siglufjörður, Ólafsfjörður, Dalvík and Húsavík.

siglufjordur_psSiglufjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

More than ten aftershocks were measured off Eyjafjörður through the night and until yesterday morning, ruv.is reports.

The earthquake swarm may be a natural continuance of the seismic activity recorded in the area in October and November last year, according to geophysicist Bryndís Brandsdóttir at the University of Iceland Science Institute.

“The epicenter is in the area where the earthquake swarm, which started in October, died down in November but these are smaller quakes than at the beginning of that swarm when one measured 5.6 and another 5.2,” Bryndís explained.

It is unclear whether the seismic activity will continue. “We know that such series can last for years as in South Iceland, where an earthquake swarm has been ongoing since 2000.”

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