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Sunday, Oct 13, 2013
A shallow (10 km) magnitude 4.8 earthquake with many pre- and aftershocks (or a seismic swarm) occurred this morning (Sun) at 07:34 UTC at the SW tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, on the SW active rift zone. The swarm of earthquakes included several quakes of magnitude 3 and higher. The strongest earthquake was widely felt in SE Iceland. ... [more]
Earthquakes on and around Iceland on 30 Aug - the Kolbeinsey Ridge is the area with the yellow dots to the north (map: Icelandic Met Office)
Friday, Aug 31, 2012
Yesterday, there was a lot of earthquake activity on Iceland. At noon, a swarm with about 50 quakes partly preceded and followed a magnitude 4.2 quake at 5.8 km depth beneath the Reykjanes peninsula, near the axis of the the SW volcanic rift zone. Most quakes were between magnitudes 1-2 and at around 5 km depth. ... [more]
 

Reykjanes volcano

Crater rows 230 m / 755 ft
Reykjanes peninsula (SW Iceland), 63.89°N / -22.52°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Last update: 13 Oct 2013
Typical eruption style: effusive (lava flows)
Reykjanes volcano eruptions: 1211, 1226
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Fri, 17 Nov
Fri, 17 Nov 14:44 UTCM 0.5 / 2 km9 km5.2 km SSE of Straumsvík
Fri, 17 Nov 10:15 UTCM 2.3 / 4.6 km7 km3.3 km NE of Grindavík
Fri, 17 Nov 10:15 UTCM 1.6 / 4 km7 km3.3 km NE of Grindavík
Fri, 17 Nov 09:59 UTCM 2.1 / 4.2 km7 km4.0 km NE of Grindavík
Thu, 16 Nov
Thu, 16 Nov 20:06 UTCM 0.9 / 5.2 km11 km2.5 km NNE of Reykjanestá
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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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