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Earthquake shakes Reykjavík

An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 shook Reykjavík at 2:31 p.m. yesterday with no damage or injuries reported. The epicenter of the quake was on the Reykjanes peninsula southeast of Kleifarvatn, about 25 kilometers from the center of Reykjavík.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

The quake was followed by a few dozen temors, the largest one of magnitude 2.5.

According to geophysicist Steinunn Jakobsdóttir, director of monitoring of the physics department at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there is no reason to believe that the earthquake is linked with other possibly greater activity in the area. There have been at least two quakes of magnitude 5 or more in the vicinity during the last decade.

Steinunn told Morgunbladid that earthquakes of this magnitude usually do not cause damage to homes, but objects on shelves could possibly be rattled near the epicenter.

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