Iceland Earthquake Swarm Continues – Hits Over 10,000 Quakes

Scientists speculate that it could relate to geothermal production in the area.

It’s the biggest swarm to hit the Tjörnes Fracture zone in almost half a century, and experts are unsure what is causing it – or when it will end.

“It is very difficult to say [when the swarm will end],” said Kristín Jónsdóttir, Earthquakes Hazards Officer for the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). “The behavior is episodic, we record hundreds of earthquakes in a few hours and then it becomes quiet and all of a sudden it starts again. The last swarm in 2012 was ongoing for a few weeks. Let’s hope we only have a few weeks to go.”

Jónsdóttir had previously told Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV that the cause of the current earthquake swarm was not known, but that they were “trying to figure out what’s going on.” She said it could relate to geothermal production in the area.

I posted about this back on June 30, when the earthquake count stood at about 9,000.

Thanks to Laurel for this link

8 thoughts on “Iceland Earthquake Swarm Continues – Hits Over 10,000 Quakes”

  1. Tourism slogan?
    “The Land of 10,000 Quakes”
    Or maybe Jerry Lee Lewis
    “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”
    well, maybe not

    • That’s a good report, Martin.
      It’s time for those Southern Hemisphere weather stories to be rolling in!

  2. Meanwhile Nishinoshima, considered the Worlds newest piece of real estate continues to erupt and grow. Over the last few months it’s been busier than it has been since 2013.
    It’s been pouring particulates out frequently of late.
    It’s latest eruption

  3. there was one over 4 in that area last days also
    could take a while but might be pretty interesting..if it does get enough pressure up

  4. Well, Iceland (should swap name with Greenland) is on one of the most active exposed surface riffs in the Atlantic tectonic plates. There are many such lava vents underneath the south pole region. One of the USAs active geothermal sites is Yellow Stone NP. They use their ‘problem’ to generate steam for steam turbines to generate electricity. I predict geothermal is the only stable energy source for future electrification. The Earth’s molten core is an infinite energy source.

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