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Tremors Detected Near Vatnajökull, Iceland‘s Largest Glacier

Tremors were felt in Vatnajökull, Iceland’s and Europe’s largest glacier which is located in the southeastern corner of the country, and the surrounding area last night and this morning. The tremors were detected in seismographs readings near the Grímsfjall and Skrokkalda mountains.

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From Vatnajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson, a geologist from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told ruv.is the tremors were caused by a glacial outburst flood originating in Vatnajökull glacier.

According to an announcement from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the tremors were detected last night and early this morning; both times the tremors lasted for about 45 minutes.

The water level in Hágöngulón lagoon has risen by 70 centimeters since midnight but Hjörleifur did not expect the flood to be catastrophic.

Click here to read about the recent glacial burst from Mýrdalsjökull and its consequences.

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