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Small Earthquake by Grímsey Island

Shortly before 6 pm yesterday evening an earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale was recorded 8.6 kilometers east-northeast off Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island.


Grímsey island. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Following the earthquake, five minor tremors occurred in the same area, the largest of which was 1.7 on the Richter scale, reports.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office stated that this is a known seismically active area and that the earthquake had not been reported by any of the island’s inhabitants and that nothing was out of the ordinary.

When asked whether there was any news of the volcano Katla underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap in south Iceland (which some geologists have speculated might be ripe for an eruption), the meteorologist on duty said a few minor tremors had been recorded in the vicinity of the volcano yesterday evening but that the country had otherwise been seismically quiet.

Click here to read about speculations regarding the volcano Hekla.

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