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Iceland’s Katla Volcano Keeps Rattling

An earthquake of the magnitude 3.1 points on the Richter scale hit to the northeast of Godabunga in Mýrdalsjökull glacier in south Iceland, underneath which the volcano Katla lies, shortly after 9 pm last night.

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A ski-doo tour on Mýrdalsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At 6 pm yesterday the Icelandic Meteorological Office’s sensors indicated an earthquake of 3.8 points on the Richter scale in the same area but that turned out to be a disturbance in the sensors, the quake was actually only 1.6 points, ruv.is reports.

Seismic activity in Mýrdalsjökull has been ongoing for months and earth scientists are keeping a close eye on Katla; on Friday an earthquake of a similar magnitude as yesterday hit in the Katla caldera east of Godabunga, followed by minor aftershocks.

One week ago an earthquake in Mýrdalsjökull could clearly be felt in Vík due to the southerly location of the epicenter.

However, there are no indications of imminent volcanic activity in Katla.

Click here to read more about the seismic activity in the volcano.

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