“Reykjavik Eartquake – Iminent Volcanic Eruption – Unprecedented Situation” ” More than a thousand tremors registered overnight.” “The worst news is that it is next door to the capital of Iceland.” “Eartquake activity has been huge.”
The swarm of earthquakes that began Wednesday in Southwest Iceland shows no signs of abating. More than a thousand tremors registered overnight, mbl.is reports. Eleven of the quakes were in excess of magnitude 3, and the largest one, of magnitude 4.9, woke many residents of Southwest Iceland up shortly after 1:30 am.
Bryndís Gísladóttir, natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Met Office, states that while swarms of earthquakes that last this long are known in unhabited areas, such as by Askja and Herðubreið mountains, they are rare near inhabited areas.
She states that at present, there are no signs of any magma intrusion.
Danger levels are in force in Reykjanes, the capital area and in Árnessýsla due to seismic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula, where thousands of earthquakes have occurred in recent days, the largest 5.7 on Wednesday.
The message therefore applies to all those who live in the danger area, and in fact more, says Víðir Reynisson, chief police officer at the civil defense. “People all over the country who live in earthquake zones must always be thinking about this.”
No evidence of magma intrusion
The civil defense met at noon with scientists from the University of Iceland, the Meteorological Office and representatives of municipalities in the southwest corner, as well as representatives from the electricity and telecommunications sector, where the most likely scenarios were reviewed. “It was a good meeting and a lot of information, as there were close to 130 people who came to it in one way or another,” says Víðir. He says the scenarios due to the seismic activity remain unchanged.
On the one hand, the earthquakes continue measuring over five and objects can collapse from shelves or move around and cause injuries. However, there might be an even larger earthquake in the east with more impact on buildings and interior fittings. However, it is not considered likely that houses will collapse. Reykjanesbraut Highway to Keflavík in danger but no nearby towns
The response to an eruption was not specifically reviewed at the meeting, as there is no evidence of magma intrusions. However, scientists continue to review the situation.
Updated response plans and evacuation plans for urban areas in Reykjanes are available. Reykjanes is a relatively well-monitored area and equipped with powerful measuring equipment, but it is still being examined whether it is possible to increase the number of them. so this is the currant status here in Iceland and I will update this if something new happens but here are the links I mentioned in the video:
Thanks to David Hartley for this video