South Iceland Earthquake Zone Under Close Observation

Hekla photographed at almost exactly the moment that the earthquake occurred. mbl.is/RAX

Following Saturday’s earthquakes, experts at the Iceland Meterological Office are keeping a close eye on South Iceland, and they do not rule out further seismic activity in the area. The earthquakes were felt in Árnes, Selfoss and in Reykjavik  but there have been no reports of injuries to people or damage to property. Saturday’s biggest quake of a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred around 2 km South East of Árnes, close to the epicenter of the June 17th 2000 quake. Last Saturdays’ earthquake is the largest to have occurred in South Iceland since 2008, and according to Kristín Elsa Guðmundsdóttir at the Met Office, they are observing the area closely and that an earthquake watch 24 hours a day is a standard procedure following such large earthquakes. Guðmundsdóttir adds that there’s no reason to fear that the earthquake will cause a reaction at the Hekla area, as the earthquake would have had to be bigger, and nearer to Hekla for the volcano to be of any serious concern this time around.

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