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Iceland: M4 earthquake and swarms on Reykjanes Peninsula and Kolbeinsey Ridge

Fri, 31 Aug 2012, 07:08
07:08 AM | BY: T
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)
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)
M4.2 quake and swarm on the Reykjanes Peninsula on 30 Aug
M4.2 quake and swarm on the Reykjanes Peninsula on 30 Aug
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.

Another smaller swarm took place north of the county on the Kolbeinsey Ridge. Earthquakes have been taking place in this area for several weeks already, but as the Iceland Volcanoes and Earthquakes blog notes, there seems to be an increase lately. In 1999, a volcanic dike intrusion or submarine eruption south of the nearby Spar Fracture Zone might have taken place.
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Wed, 8 Feb 2012, 00:01
Location of the seismic swarm on 8 Feb 2012 (Icelandic Met Office)
A seismic swarm has occurred on the Reykjanes Ridge 70 km offshore the SW tip of Iceland. About 40 earthquakes with magnitudes mostly between 2 and 3 were recorded. The Reykjanes Ridge is part of the active SW rift zone running through the western part of Iceland. read all
 

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