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Mt Thorbjorn volcano (Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland): renewed inflation

Friday Mar 20, 2020 06:42 AM | BY: MATTHEW

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) report that the inflation and associated uplift that occurred around Mt Thorbjorn volcano in January-February has started again. The deformation is occurring in the same location as before, but at a slower rate. The uplift started in January but paused temporarily at the end of February. The IMO suggest that since the beginning of March, the uplift is about 20 mm. The deformation is believed to be caused by continued magma accumulation at depth. The head of the National Hazard Monitoring Group at the IMO explains that these events doesn’t not guarantee that there will be an eruption any time soon.
Significant earthquake activity followed the deformation, with a magnitude 4.6 earthquake on March 12 occurring about 2 km east of the Blue Lagoon and was widely felt in the southwest of Iceland. Several aftershocks followed.
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Links / Sources:
  • https://en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/continued-inflation-around-mt-thorbjorn
Previous news
Earthquakes during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Friday, Mar 13, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded an earthquake with magnitude M 5.2 occurred about 5 km NE of Grindavík. Multiple aftershocks have been detected. The earthquake is the largest earthquake detected on the Reykjanes peninsula since October 2013 when an earthquake of magnitude M 5.2 occurred close to Reykjanestá. The earthquake was felt in large areas of SW-Iceland. ... [more]
Earthquakes during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Friday, Mar 06, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported that the seismic activity on 4 March at the SW tip of Reykjanes increased again. ... [more]
Earthquakes during the last hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Wednesday, Mar 04, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded an earthquake with magnitude M 3.2 at 16:17 local time near Kleifarvatn yesterday. Around 30 smaller earthquakes have been measured in there since 1 March. An earthquake of this magnitude (>M3.0) last occurred in August 2019. Earthquakes are common in the area. ... [more]
Earthquakes during the last 24 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Monday, Mar 02, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded on 1 March at 18:58 local time an earthquake with magnitude M 2.5 detected near Kleifarvatn. Several earthquakes have been located in the area yesterday. Earthquakes are common in the area. ... [more]
Earthquakes during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Monday, Feb 24, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported that the CO2 emissions reached hazardous levels and low levels of O2 were measured at the cave (popular for hikers) in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula on 20 February. ... [more]

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