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Mt. Thorbjorn volcano (Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland) activity update: seismic unrest continues; one earthquake recorded

Monday Mar 02, 2020 10:48 AM | BY: MARTIN

Earthquakes during the last 24 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
Earthquakes during the last 24 hours at the Reykjanes peninsula (image: IMO)
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.
The ongoing seismic swarm is decreasing since 15 February. About 700 earthquakes have been detected in the area since then.
IMO warns about CO2 emissions reached hazardous levels and low levels of O2 that were measured at the cave (popular for hikers) in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula on 20 February.
Source: Icelandic Met Office volcano activity update 2 March 2020
Previous news
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]
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) recorded an earthquake swarm since 15 February at the southwestern tip of the Reykjanes peninsula. Over 120 earthquakes were detected by the seismic network with magnitude below M 3.0. ... [more]
Depth vs time of earthquakes beneath Thornbjorn volcano during the past days
Saturday, Feb 08, 2020
Earthquake activity around Thornbjorn volcano has decreased over the past days, but weak inflation, likely caused by magma accumulation at shallow depth, continues. ... [more]
Earthquakes under the Reykjanes peninsula during the past 7 days
Sunday, Feb 02, 2020
The seismic crisis on the Reykjanes peninsula continues. It shows no signs of weakening, but has intensified during the past days. ... [more]
InSAR data showing inflation. Credit: IMO.
Monday, Jan 27, 2020
IMO reports: An inflation has been detected since January 21st and is centred just west of Mt. Thorbjorn on Reykjanes peninsula. The inflation is unusually rapid, around 3-4 mm per day and has accumulated to 2 cm to date. It has been detected both on continuous GPS stations and in InSAR images. The inflation is most likely a sign of magma accumulation at a depth of just a few km. If magma accumulation is causing the inflation, the accumulation is very small, with the first volume estimate is around 1 million cubic meters. ... [more]

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