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Fewer Earthquakes in Reykjanes

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: Visit Reykjanes, Facebook.

Earthquake activity has gone down significantly on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, RÚV reports. The Icelandic Met Office measured 200 quakes over the last week, which is a significant drop from the 350 that were measured there the week before.

Also heartening is perhaps that the measured earthquakes were all quite small, particularly compared to those that were measured earlier this year, such as a 5.2 quake near Grindavík in March. Authorities have also been closely monitoring magma accumulation on the peninsula since January. The largest earthquake last week registered at 2.0 and remained localised at the Reykjanes headland.

Earthquake activity around Iceland on the whole also seems to be on the decline. Last week there were 490 total earthquakes measured in the whole country (including Reykjanes), whereas the week before that, 670 had been measured.

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