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Houses Damaged in Earthquake

The earthquakes that hit the capital area two nights ago caused some damage to houses in the town of Hafnarfjörður. Cracks in the walls of some houses have been reported.


According to, two sharp earthquakes shook the capital area shortly after midnight on March 1. The first measured at 3.7 on the Richter scale and the latter 4.2.

The Icelandic Met Office was bombarded by calls from the general public on the night of the earthquakes and earth scientists were called in for duty. Since then, several smaller aftershocks have been detected, the largest one measured at 1.5 on the Richter scale. Earthquakes occur infrequently in the area.

An earthquake was also detected in North Iceland two nights ago, measuring at 3.5 on the Richter scale, but no sharp quakes have been detected in the area since.

Click here to read more about the earthquakes.


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