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Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Iceland: 1.5 Km WSW of Vatnafjöll on Thursday, Nov 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm (GMT +0) -

Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Iceland: 1.5 Km WSW of Vatnafjöll on Thursday, Nov 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm (GMT +0) Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Iceland: 1.5 Km WSW of Vatnafjöll on Thursday, Nov 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm (GMT +0)

Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 6 km depth

11 Nov 13:27 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 6 minutes.
11 Nov 13:29: Now using data updates from IMO
11 Nov 13:34: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 3.9 to 3.6 km (from 2.4 to 2.2 mi).
11 Nov 13:37: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 3.6 to 5.6 km (from 2.2 to 3.5 mi).
Update Thu, 11 Nov 2021, 13:33
Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake 65 km east of Selfoss, Iceland
4.8 quake 11 Nov 1:21 pm (GMT +0)
4.8 quake 11 Nov 1:21 pm (GMT +0)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred around noon on Thursday, November 11th, 2021, at 1:21 pm local time near Selfoss, Sveitarfélagið Árborg, South, Iceland, as reported by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 3.9 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.0. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.0.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Hvolsvollur (pop. 900) located 32 km from the epicenter, Hella (pop. 780) 36 km away, Vestmannaeyjar (pop. 4,200) 59 km away, Selfoss (pop. 6,500) 65 km away, Hveragerdi (pop. 2,300) 74 km away, and Thorlakshofn (pop. 1,500) 84 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Reykjavik (pop. 118,900) located 111 km from the epicenter, Kopavogur (pop. 31,700) 111 km away, and Hafnarfjordur (pop. 26,800) 112 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 11, 2021 13:21:40 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Nov 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm (GMT +0)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.2
Depth5.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude63.912°N / 19.675°W (Iceland)
Antipode63.912°S / 160.325°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt15 reports
Primary data sourceIMO (Icelandic Met Office)
Nearest volcanoVatnafjöll (1 km / 1 mi)
Nearby towns and cities32 km (20 mi) NE of Hvolsvollur (pop: 902) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
60 km (37 mi) NNE of Vestmannaeyjar (pop: 4,220) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) E of Hveragerdi (pop: 2,290) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
84 km (52 mi) E of Thorlakshofn (pop: 1,490) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
103 km (64 mi) ESE of Mosfellsbaer (pop: 8,650) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) E of Reykjavik (pop: 118,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) E of Kopavogur (pop: 31,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) E of Garðabaer (pop: 11,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (69 mi) E of Hafnarfjordur (pop: 26,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
211 km (131 mi) SSW of Akureyri (pop: 17,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 0.5°C (33 F), humidity: 88%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.25.6 kmIceland: 1.5 Km WSW of VatnafjöllIMO
5.110 kmICELANDEMSC
4.910 kmIcelandGFZ
5.110 km40 Km NNE of Vestmannaeyjar, IcelandUSGS

User reports for this quake (15)

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31 km of Selfoss, Sveitarfélagið Árborg, South (46.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s : Sitting in bed and a sudden jolt and later small shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
32 km of Selfoss, Sveitarfélagið Árborg, South (36.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : The house was swinging | One user found this interesting.  
Guðfinna Reykjavik 101 (114.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : moderate shaking | One user found this interesting.  
reykjavik (112.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Behind a desk, sitting, both desk and chair were vibrating | One user found this interesting.  
reykjavik (114.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Thorlakshofn (83.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : In thorlakshofn (reported through our app)  
Reykjavik (113.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Reykjavik (113.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Just lying in bed and it moved back and forward around 5 times  
Reykjavik (105.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
Reykjavík (114.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : 7th floor, downtown Reykjavik.  
Kopavogur / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Hvolsvöllur / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging : Light shaking  
Reykjavik / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Hella / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating (reported through our app)
flúðir / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (43 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 10, 2022 03:03
24 weeks ago
3.1

6.1 km
Iceland: 2.8 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Dec 30, 2021 16:45
25 weeks ago
2.0

6.2 km
Iceland: 3.0 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Dec 22, 2021 22:41
26 weeks ago
3.6

3.8 km
Iceland: 5.2 Km SE of HeklaMore
Dec 22, 2021 04:55
26 weeks ago
2.1

1.1 km
Iceland: 12.9 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Dec 21, 2021 09:29
26 weeks ago
3.0

6.2 km
Iceland: 1.3 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Dec 13, 2021 16:08
28 weeks ago
3.5

6.1 km
Iceland: 2.1 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Dec 13, 2021 16:07
28 weeks ago
3.2

6 km
Iceland: 2.2 Km SSW of VatnafjöllMore
Dec 13, 2021 16:04
28 weeks ago
3.0

5.9 km
Iceland: 2.2 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 27, 2021 06:03
30 weeks ago
2.0

5.1 km
Iceland: 2.7 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 26, 2021 19:10
30 weeks ago
2.6

6.5 km
Iceland: 2.4 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 26, 2021 07:23
30 weeks ago
2.0

5 km
Iceland: 1.1 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 26, 2021 06:23
30 weeks ago
2.1

4.8 km
Iceland: 1.4 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 26, 2021 03:17
30 weeks ago
3.5

4.4 km
Iceland: 0.8 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 25, 2021 21:55
30 weeks ago
2.0

4.5 km
Iceland: 1.4 Km WSW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 23, 2021 10:21
30 weeks ago
2.0

5.6 km
Iceland: 2.5 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 19, 2021 20:47
31 weeks ago
2.1

7.9 km
Iceland: 0.7 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 19, 2021 02:47
31 weeks ago
2.0

7.9 km
Iceland: 0.9 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 20:26
31 weeks ago
2.1

8.3 km
Iceland: 0.9 Km WNW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 15:03
31 weeks ago
2.4

7.7 km
Iceland: 1.1 Km N of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 13:33
31 weeks ago
3.2

7.6 km
Iceland: 1.2 Km N of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 13:23
31 weeks ago
2.1

7.8 km
Iceland: 0.6 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 13:21
31 weeks ago - felt
3.8

7.8 km
Iceland: 1.0 Km NNW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 12:02
31 weeks ago
2.0

7.8 km
Iceland: 0.8 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 18, 2021 11:41
31 weeks ago
3.3

8 km
Iceland: 1.1 Km N of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 15, 2021 01:35
32 weeks ago
2.2

4.2 km
Iceland: 5.0 Km WSW of HeklaMore
Nov 14, 2021 11:07
32 weeks ago
2.0

8.3 km
Iceland: 1.0 Km WSW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 13, 2021 23:23
32 weeks ago
3.4

8.1 km
Iceland: 1.4 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 12, 2021 19:15
32 weeks ago
2.3

8.8 km
Iceland: 0.8 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 12, 2021 05:53
32 weeks ago
2.7

9 km
Iceland: 0.9 Km W of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 12, 2021 01:48
32 weeks ago
2.7

6.4 km
Iceland: 1.0 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 21:57
32 weeks ago
2.3

6 km
Iceland: 2.5 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 16:18
32 weeks ago
2.5

5.9 km
Iceland: 1.5 Km SSW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 15:36
32 weeks ago
2.0

8.2 km
Iceland: 0.7 Km N of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 15:22
32 weeks ago
2.2

7.1 km
Iceland: 2.5 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 14:23
32 weeks ago
2.4

6.2 km
Iceland: 2.1 Km SSW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:42
32 weeks ago
2.4

9.7 km
Iceland: 0.8 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:41
32 weeks ago
2.0

6.5 km
Iceland: 2.3 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:32
32 weeks ago
2.6

5.7 km
Iceland: 2.5 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:30
32 weeks ago
2.2

6.5 km
Iceland: 1.7 Km SSW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:29
32 weeks ago
2.1

7.9 km
Iceland: 0.6 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:24
32 weeks ago
2.5

8 km
Iceland: 1.0 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:23
32 weeks ago
2.1

8.3 km
Iceland: 0.7 Km S of VatnafjöllMore
Nov 11, 2021 13:22
32 weeks ago
2.7

5.7 km
Iceland: 1.7 Km SW of VatnafjöllMore

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