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Series of Earthquakes Hit Northeast Iceland

A series of earthquakes began near Mt. Herðubreið in the northeastern highlands at noon yesterday and was still ongoing this morning. The largest quake measured 3.2 points on the Richter scale but most aftershocks, approximately 100, were below two points.


Herðubreið. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The most seismic activity was noted between 8 and 11 pm last night. A few quakes hit this morning but now the series seems to be subsiding, reports.

It is common for series of minor earthquakes to hit the region near Herðubreið and there are no indications of upcoming volcanic eruptions or other activity in the area.

There were some concerns of volcanic activity by the nearby volcano Askja earlier this winter but scientific research concluded that there were no indications of an imminent eruption.

Click here to read more about Askja.


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