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North Iceland Quakes Move Closer to Land

A new earthquake swarm formed 15-20 kilometers southeast of the epicenter of the 5.5 earthquake by Grímsey island off North Iceland last night. The strongest quakes of last night had a magnitude of 4.6 and 4.7.

grimsey-church_psGrímsey. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The Civil Protection Department declared a level of uncertainty yesterday due to the seismic activity, visir.is reports.

The new epicenter lies closer to the mainland and the earthquakes could be felt widely in North Iceland, including Akureyri. Early this morning one quake hit in Öxarfjörður fjord in Northeast Iceland.

The seismic activity does not seem to be subsiding. The Civil Protection Department pointed out in a statement that six series of earthquakes which have occurred in the region since 1969 have lasted days or weeks.

Related:

02.04.2013 | Earthquake Hits Grímsey in North Iceland

11.03.2013 | Earthquake Hits North Iceland

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