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Earthquake Swarm on Reykjanes Ridge

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: Photo: Bar Harel. Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Around 70 earthquakes were measured along the Reykjanes Ridge between 6:45 pm and 11:30 pm on Friday night. RÚV reports that eight of the quakes were over 3.0 in magnitude.

The largest of the quakes measured 3.8 and occurred at 7:45 pm. Most of the earthquakes are centered 4-5 km [2.5-3.1 mi] of the southernmost tip of the peninsula and are occurring at depths of 4-7 km [2.5-4.3 mi].

According to Böðvar Sveinsson, a natural disaster expert with the Icelandic Met Office, the intensity and frequency of the earthquakes significantly decreased as the evening progressed. He confirmed that earthquakes are very common along the Reykjanes Ridge and that there were no indications of volcanic unrest in the area, although the situation will continue to be monitored closely.

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