Iceland – 9000 Earthquakes in 10 Days

Swarm coincides with possible volcanic eruption.

In an email to Newsweek, Kristín Jónsdóttir, Earthquakes Hazards Officer for the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), said the swarm is happening in a known fault zone called the Tjörnes Fracture zone. “Stress builds up in the zone because of tectonic plates which move past each other in opposite directions.”

“This is the largest earthquakes swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone recorded in the past 40 years,” said Jónsdóttir.

The earthquake swarm coincides with signs a volcano to the south may be about to erupt. The IMO said activity at the volcano, which is one of Iceland’s most active, appears to be characteristic of an impending eruption.

Jónsdóttir said the earthquake swarm is not linked to the possible eruption.

See much more, including a map of the location in northern Iceland:

See larger current map here:

Thanks to Laurel for this link

7 thoughts on “Iceland – 9000 Earthquakes in 10 Days”

  1. Earlier this week there was a story about a surprisingly sudden shift in the Earth’s magnetic field. So I checked the planetary alignments on the web, and guess what? Most of the planets were lined up in an unusual syzygy.Are these earthquakes another co-incidence?

  2. remembering theres not as much ice on iceland as there is on greenland..only the ice/water plugs near or on top of vents are an issue really.
    Grimsvoten is the one they think might flare up again,
    bright side?
    if it -or anything else goes kablooey theres very little air traffic to be affected still.

    • The white areas on the map are separate Icecaps, which are now growing in step with Greenland masive increase in Ice Mass.

  3. The plates move apart and not in a side ways direction at a rift fault. On top of that Iceland is also at the top of a mantle plume locked into a rift fault other wise Iceland would not exist above sea level.

  4. As the magnetic field weakens, the bonds holding the continents in place also weaken. This leads to increased volcanic and earthquake activity.

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