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Unusually Large Earthquake Hits Southwest Iceland

An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale hit approximately 2.5 kilometers east-northeast of Grindavík on Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland at 10:15 pm last night. The area is often hit by earthquakes but they’re usually smaller.


From Reykjanes. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The epicenter of yesterday’s quake was close to the surface, at a depth of 2.5 kilometers, and therefore it could clearly be felt in the town, visir.is reports.

“It was a quick bang,” commented an inhabitant of Borgarhraun in Grindavík to Morgunbladid. The Icelandic Meteorological Office received many calls from townspeople who described how their houses had shaken and items on shelves had fallen over.

A number of aftershocks followed throughout the night, the largest of which hit around 1:30 am and measured around 3.0 on the Richter scale. There was also an earthquake in Grindavík on Monday, which was considerably smaller than yesterday’s quake.

A few dozens of minor earthquakes were picked up by sensors by lake Kleifarvatn in the vicinity in the early hours of August 12. The largest quake in the series measured 3.1 points on the Richter scale in strength and could be felt in Reykjavík.

Reykjanes peninsula has been subjected to repeated seismic activity lately and more than 200 earthquakes have been registered across the country so far this month.

Click here to read more about the seismic activity.


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