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Land Rise Slows, Earthquakes Diminish in Grindavík

By Yelena

Grindavík - Þorbjörn
Photo: Golli. Grindavík and Þorbjörn mountain.

Though land rise continues near the town of Grindavík, Southwest Iceland, it has slowed since the end of January, the Icelandic Met Office reports. The same is the case for an on-going earthquake swarm in the area.

Authorities had declared a state of uncertainty on January 27, after uplift (land rise) and earthquakes just west of mount Þorbjörn pointed to volcanic unrest. While the Met Office continues to closely monitor geothermal activity and gas levels by the mountain, it seems less and less likely that residents in the area have reason for concern.

“The most likely explanation for this activity is a magma intrusion at a depth of 3-5km just west of Þorbjörn mountain,” a recent notice from the Icelandic Met Office stated. “It is most likely that the activity will end without an eruption.”

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