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Reykjanes peninsual (Iceland): shallow magnitude 4.8 earthquake

Sun, 13 Oct 2013, 21:39
21:39 PM | BY: T
Location of this morning's earthquakes on the SW tip of the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland
Location of this morning's earthquakes on the SW tip of the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland
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.
Whether the earthquakes are related to magma intrusions (a possibility) or purely tectonic is unclear.

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Fri, 31 Aug 2012, 07:08

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

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)
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. Read all
Wed, 8 Feb 2012, 00:01

Earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Ridge 70 km offshore SW Iceland indicates possible magma intrusion

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
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) Reykjanes volcano eruptions:
1211, 1226
Typical eruption style
effusive (lava flows)
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