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Largest Earthquake in Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Since 2018

Two earthquakes happened within a short time span this morning close to Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The first one happened at 7.40am and measured M2.8, and the later was only 40 seconds later and measured M3.4.

The two quakes were 6km (3.7mi) northwest of Austmannsbunga, a nunatak, or mountain ridge, protruding from the top of the glacier. They are the strongest earthquakes in the area since August 2, 2018, when a 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred.

Another earthquake, M2.4, happened in a nearby area at 7.34am.

Mýrdalsjökull glacier is in South Iceland, near the town of Vík í Mýrdal. The glacier reaches a height of 1,493 metres (4,898 feet) in height, and sits above the active volcano Katla, which last erupted in 1918.

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