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Mt. Thorbjorn volcano (Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland): seismicity continues at low levels

Thursday May 07, 2020 08:50 AM | BY: MARTIN

Earthquakes detected during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Earthquakes detected during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded an earthquake with magnitude M 2.3 at 00:49 local time occurred in Grindavík area.
Seismic activity is still ongoing on Reykjanes peninsula but number of earthquakes has decreased significantly in recent weeks. This seismic activity is due to deformation in the area but the most likely explanation of the deformation are magmatic intrusions. Since mid April there has no uplift been detected around Mt. Þorbjörn but minor ground deformation is still being detected over a greater area in Reykjanes peninsula.
Source: Icelandic Met Office volcano activity update 7 May 2020
Previous news
Earthquakes during the last 48 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded an earthquake with magnitude M 2.5 at 16:55 local time occurred N of Grindavík. The earthquake was felt in Grindavík. Considerable seismic activity has been ongoing in the area during the last weeks in connection with deformation in the area. The deformation is measured at a slower rate than in January, but still continuing in magma accumulation at depth. The deformation is occurring in the same location as before. ... [more]
Friday, Mar 20, 2020
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. ... [more]
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]

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