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Minor Earthquake Registered in Southwest Iceland

By Ragnar Tómas

Earthquake in South Iceland
Photo: The Icelandic Met Office (screenshot).

A minor earthquake was registered outside of Hveragerði in Southwest Iceland this afternoon, RÚV reports.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, a magnitude 3.9 earthquake occurred 4.5 km SSE of Hveragerði at just past 1 pm today. Residents of Hveragerði, Selfoss, and the Greater Reykjavík Area reportedly felt the quake. A few minor aftershocks followed.

In an interview with RÚV, Gyða Björg Elíasdóttir, a resident of Hveragerði, stated that the quake was brief but intense. Pictures hanging on her wall went awry. There were no damages, however, as cabinets and shelves were securely fixed to the walls.

An expert at the Icelandic Met Office has traced the earthquake’s epicentre to a fissure between Hveragerði and Selfoss. The aftershocks were much less intense than the original quake. Asked whether local residents could expect further aftershocks, the expert said that it was impossible to say.

The Richter scale categorizes a magnitude 3.9 earthquake as “minor: often felt by people, but very rarely causing damage. Shaking of indoor objects can be noticeable.”

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