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Earthquakes detected during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Thursday, May 28, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported that the seismic activity has decreased on Reykjanes peninsula in recent weeks. During the past week (20-27 May) around 120 earthquakes were located there, fewer than in the previous week when they were just more than 200. The largest earthquake was recorded with magnitude M 2.1. ... [more]
Earthquakes detected during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Thursday, May 07, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded an earthquake with magnitude M 2.3 at 00:49 local time occurred in Grindavík area. ... [more]
 

Reykjanes volcano

Crater rows 230 m / 755 ft
Reykjanes peninsula (SW Iceland), 63.89°N / -22.52°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Last update: 28 May 2020 (decreased seismic activity; possible re-inflation)
Typical eruption style: effusive (lava flows)
Reykjanes volcano eruptions: 1211, 1226
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 28 May 2020
Thu, 28 May 16:50 UTCM 0.3 / 5 km7 km6.9 km NNE of Reykjanestá (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 11:24 UTCM 0.2 / 4.2 km7 km2.7 km NE of Grindavík (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 10:50 UTCM 0.6 / 2.5 km1 km7.2 km NW of Grindavík (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 10:27 UTCM 0.5 / 2.3 km1 km6.6 km NW of Grindavík (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 10:26 UTCM 0.8 / 2.5 km1 km6.9 km NW of Grindavík (Iceland)
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Reykjanes volcano in SW Iceland is located where the Mid Atlantic Ridge emerges onto land. It forms a vast area with many eruptive fissures, lava fields, hot springs and mud pools. In 2000, a large earthquake lowered the water level in Lake Kleifarvatn by 5 metres, but has gradually returned to normal since then.

Background:

The Reykjanes volcanic system at the SW tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the Mid Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level, comprises a broad area of postglacial basaltic crater rows and small shield volcanoes.
The Reykjanes volcanic system is the westernmost of a series of four closely-spaced fissure systems that extend diagonally across the Reykjanes Peninsula. Most of the volcanic system is covered by Holocene lavas and eruptions have occurred in historical time during the 13th century at several locations on the NE-SW-trending fissure system.
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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute

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