Sharp Earthquake in Southwest Iceland Skip to content

Sharp Earthquake in Southwest Iceland

By Iceland Review

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale shook Grindavík on Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland, on Tuesday evening. According to information from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there were no aftershocks.

“It was like an explosion and then the house shook for up to 30 seconds,” Sigurdur Ágústsson, superintendent at Grindavík police and member of the local civil defense committee, told Morgunbladid. However, nothing fell from shelves.

“It is among the sharper quakes that we have been hit with, which can explained by the fact that the epicenter is so close to town. We often sense jerks, but they are usually much, much smaller than this,” Ágústsson added.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located less than four kilometers west of Grindavík.

Ágústsson said no one had reported any damages. “People seem to have been calm about the quake.”

Click here to read about a larger earthquake which caused damages in southwest Iceland in late May this year.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!