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Civil Protection Warns of Landslide Danger in North Iceland

By Yelena

North Iceland landslide earthquakes
Photo: Almannavarnir.

The state of uncertainty in North Iceland declared on June 19 by Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management is still in effect. As the earthquake swarm in the area continues, it poses an increased risk of falling rocks and landslides from steep mountain slopes along parts of the country’s north coast.

Travellers in the affected areas (pictured above) are encouraged to be vigilant of this danger and limit their time under steep slopes, especially in areas known for landslides. Residents and travellers in the area are also informed that large earthquakes occasionally lead to tidal waves, and are thus encouraged to stay away from harbours and coastal areas for several hours following large earthquakes.

The ongoing earthquake swarm began on June 19 off Iceland’s north coast. Over 9,000 earthquakes have been recorded since that date, including three measuring over M5, making this swarm the most powerful in the area in the last 40 years. Experts state there remains a likelihood of more quakes over M5 in the area that bring an increased risk of landslides and falling rocks.

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