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Earthquakes Hit Iceland’s Highland

Two rather strong earthquakes, measuring 3.7 and 3.1 on the Richter scale, were measured within a short time span underneath the Blöndulón dam northwest of Hveravellir on the Kjölur route in the northwestern highlands yesterday evening.


Kerlingafjöll mountains near Hveravellir. Photo by Hallgrímur Egilsson.

A series of earthquakes began in the area on Tuesday morning and a number of smaller earthquakes have been measured since the two large quakes shook the region yesterday; they were widely felt, reports.

However, since then the tremors below Blöndulón have subsided. Geologists have yet to comment on the event.

Blöndulón is 57-square-kilometers in size and lies at a height of 500 meters above sea level. A dam in the river Blanda, which runs to sea through the town Blönduós, is used to power the Blönduvirkjun power plant.

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