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Iceland Keeps Shaking!
Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 6:07 AM EST
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
A couple of Earthquake reports have come my way from Iceland in the past week, fingers crossed the Earthquakes will not trigger Volcanic activity as they did last year...

Ground in North Iceland Keeps Shaking - 5th November - icelandreview.com

The series of earthquakes off North Iceland is still ongoing; on Saturday the strongest quakes had a magnitude of 3.8 and 3.4 and a number of aftershocks followed. The seismic activity could clearly be felt in Siglufjörður and Dalvík

According to the Icelandic Met Office, the epicenter of the strongest quake was 16 kilometers northwest of Gjögurtá by the mouth of Eyjafjörður, 20 kilometers off Siglufjörður, Fréttablaðið reports.

The Met Office will continue to monitor the seismic activity in the area which began with an earthquake of a magnitude of 5.6 on October 21, the strongest to have hit North Iceland in 34 years. Scientists believe that an even stronger earthquake may be coming up.


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Earthquakes Keep Hitting North Iceland - 2nd November - icelandreview.com

Tens of minor earthquakes occurred north of Siglufjörður in North Iceland yesterday, following an earthquake of a 3.2 magnitude which hit at 8 am in the morning. The epicenter of the series was in the eastern Eyjafjarðaráll, where seismic activity has been ongoing since October 20.

In the past days there has hardly been any activity north of Gjögurtá, in the far western part of the Húsavík-Flatey fault. Earthquakes that occurred there one week ago caused the Civil Protection Department to declare a level of uncertainty in the area.

An earthquake swarm was also picked up on the ocean floor west of Kópasker in Northeast Iceland yesterday, the largest of which was of a 2.7 magnitude (originally reported to have a magnitude of 3.0). However, the seismic activity there is not considered to be connected to the activity in Eyjafjarðaráll.

Series of Minor Earthquakes in Northeast Iceland 1st November - icelandreview.com

Almost 30 minor earthquakes were picked up by sensors approximately 13 kilometers west of Kópasker in Northeast Iceland last night and this morning, starting at around 3 am, the strongest of which had a 3.0 magnitude.

The Icelandic Met Office had not received any reports from inhabitants in the area that they had felt the earthquake, ruv.is reports.

“It was in a different location than what we have observed in Eyjafjarðaráll, this was in the so-called Grímey belt,” explained Sigþrúður Ármannsdóttir, an expert in seismic activity risk at the Met Office.

Recently, several strong earthquakes have hit off the mouth of Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland, an area known as Eyjafjarðaráll.

Seismologists have theorized that the activity may move eastwards and expressed concern that tension is building up, which might lead to an earthquake as strong as of 6.8 magnitude.

In 1976, a 6.2 earthquake hit near Kópasker, causing severe damage, and seismologists have pointed out that such strong earthquakes occur a few times every century.

The Civil Protection Department has declared a level of uncertainty over the situation and inhabitants in the region have been asked to prepare for such a scenario.

However, Sigþrúður stated that the current activity doesn’t necessarily mean that a larger earthquake will follow. “We often see earthquake swarms in Öxarfjörður but of course we can never rule out that something more serious will occur.”

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