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Significant ground deformation associated with earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is reporting significant ground deformation associated with a series of earthquakes that occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula, between Fagradalsfjall and Kleifarvatn, from October 16 to 22, 2020. The largest quake in the series was...

October 28, 2020

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M5.6 earthquake hits Reykjanes peninsula, the largest since 2003, Iceland

A shallow M5.6 earthquake hit about 5 km (3.1 miles) W of the geothermal area in Seltun on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula at 13:43 UTC on October 20, 2020. This is the largest earthquake measured in the peninsula since 2003. According to the Icelandic Met Office...

October 21, 2020

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Large 'impressive' landslide hits Eyjafordur, Iceland

A large, "impressive" landslide occurred in the Eyjafordur area of northern Iceland on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Local reports said a similar landslide has not occurred in the area since 2006. Slope failures continue to occur at the site as of Friday,...

October 11, 2020

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Grímsvötn volcano Aviation Color Code raised from Green to Yellow, Iceland

The Aviation Color Code for Grímsvötn volcano was raised from Green to Yellow on September 30, 2020. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 -- it was a large and powerful VEI 4 eruption. The average eruption frequency during the last 1 100...

September 30, 2020

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Large-scale volcano-tectonic reactivation event in the Reykjanes peninsula, satellites map surface deformation, Iceland

Intense earthquake swarm that started in Fagradalsfjall, Iceland's Reykjavik peninsula on July 18, 2020, is slowly decreasing over time, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The current earthquake activity is interpreted to be part of a larger scale...

July 24, 2020

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More than 13 000 earthquakes at Tjörnes Fracture Zone since June 19, Iceland

Earthquake swarm at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone continues, with more than 13 000 quakes detected since the swarm started on June 19, 2020. This is the largest earthquake swarm in the region recorded in the past 40 years. According to the Icelandic Met Office...

July 15, 2020

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IMO records the largest earthquake swarm at Tjörnes Fracture Zone since 1980, Iceland

Intense earthquake swarm which started at the mouth of Eyjafjörður at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone on June 19 continues, with about 9 000 earthquakes detected by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) by July 1. Three earthquakes over M5 have been...

July 01, 2020

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Intense earthquake swarm contines at Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm started on June 19, 2020, off the coast of North Iceland, NE of Siglufjörður. By 08:19 UTC on June 26, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has located over 7 000 earthquakes. The swarm is taking place on the Tjörnes Fracture Zone...

June 26, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iceland, ongoing intense earthquake swarm

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of northern Iceland at 19:07 UTC on June 21, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). The quake is a part of...

June 21, 2020

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Seismic activity increased around Grindavik, deformation data show new signs of inflation, Iceland

Seismic activity increased around Grindavík at the end of May 2020. Since then almost 2 500 earthquakes were registered, most of them below M1.0. The activity in the region has increased episodically since January this year due to deformation caused by...

June 17, 2020

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Grímsvötn volcano showing strong signs of impending eruption, Iceland

Iceland's Grímsvötn​ volcano is showing strong signs that an eruption might occur in the weeks or months ahead, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 -- it was a large and powerful VEI 4...

June 15, 2020

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Seismic activity still ongoing on Reykjanes peninsula but number of earthquakes has decreased significantly

Seismic activity is still ongoing on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland but the number of earthquakes has decreased significantly in recent weeks, IMO reported at 07:41 UTC on May 11, 2020. The current observations and the course of events over the last several months...

May 11, 2020

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Intense blizzard hits much of Iceland, nearly 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow in one day

Blizzard conditions were felt across much of Iceland over the weekend. Up to 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow fell in one day, engulfing residential areas and vehicles, while very strong winds up to 111 km/h (69 mph) and near-zero visibility were reported on the coast. In...

April 07, 2020


Evidence of a new magma deposit in Reykjanes peninsula, more than 6 000 earthquakes in 3 months, Iceland

Considerable seismic activity continues at the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, with more than 6 000 earthquakes manually checked since the beginning of the year. According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), this is the most intense activity ever recorded in the region...

April 07, 2020

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New inflation and associated uplift detected at Mt. Thorbjorn volcano, Iceland

The latest results of deformation around Mt. Thorbjorn volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula indicate that inflation causing an uplift in the area has started again, the Icelandic Met Office reported on March 19, 2020. The uplift is slower than in January but seems to...

March 20, 2020

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Mt. Thorbjorn volcano - Strong earthquake hits near Grindavik, the largest since 2013, Iceland

A strong earthquake registered by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) as M5.2 hit 4.9 km (3 miles) NE of the city of Grindavik at 10:25 UTC on March 12, 2020. The quake struck at a depth of 6.1 km (3.8 miles) and was felt in large areas of SW-Iceland. More than 400...

March 13, 2020

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Earthquake activity near Mt. Thorbjorn significantly decreased, uplift no longer being observed, Iceland

Earthquake activity near Mount Thorbjorn has significantly decreased recently, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) noted at 02:21 UTC on March 4, 2020. The office added that uplift is no longer being observed, which is likely due to the halt of magma inflow. Indications...

March 04, 2020

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IMO: Deadly gases measured, stay away from caves in Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is warning residents and tourists to temporarily stop exploring caves in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula due to deadly gasses measured in a cave close to a parking lot. In their warning issued at 10:59 UTC on February...

February 21, 2020

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Massive North Atlantic cyclone challenging all-time intensity records, Iceland issues red weather alerts

A powerful North Atlantic cyclone forced the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) to issue a red weather alert for southern Iceland, in effect through the first half on February 14, 2020. Violent and dangerous wind gusts may exceed 200 km/h (124 mph) in some areas. Residents...

February 14, 2020


Decreased earthquake activity near Grindavik, magmatic intrusion just west of Mt. Thorbjorn, Iceland

Earthquake activity near Mt. Thorbjorn, Grindavik has decreased over the past 6 days, but small earthquakes are still being detected. Indications are that the crustal deformation pattern has changed, however, the uplift has slowed down. In total, the uplift is about...

February 11, 2020

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Earthquake swarm, uplift west of Mt. Thorbjorn volcano continues, Iceland

Earthquake swarm and uplift west of Mt. Thorbjorn, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland continues on February 1, 2020. However, it is most likely that this activity will stop without any volcanism, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said. The last known eruption was during...

February 01, 2020

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Unusually rapid inflation detected beneath Mt. Thorbjorn, Aviation Color Code raised to Yellow, Iceland

According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), unusually rapid inflation has been detected at Mt. Thorbjorn on the Reykjanes Peninsula over the past few days, indicating a possible magma accumulation. In addition, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing during the same...

January 27, 2020

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Severe blizzard dumps up to 9 m (30 feet) of snow on parts of northern Iceland

Parts of Iceland were left blanketed in an unprecedented amount of snow reaching up to 9 m (30 feet) a week after heavy snowfall and hurricane-force gales struck the country on December 10, 2019. Several regions in the rural areas especially in the north experienced...

December 19, 2019

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More than 1 200 earthquakes detected on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

An earthquake swarm is ongoing at Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland since Sunday morning, December 15, 2019. Nine of the tremors measured between M3.0 and M3.7. There are no signs of volcanic tremor, according to the Icelandic Met Office. The swarm...

December 16, 2019

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Bomb cyclone spawns severe blizzard in Iceland, on course to hit Britain

A bomb cyclone accompanied by heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds hit Iceland on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The storm hit west of the country first, then it moved to the east on Wednesday, December 11. As a result of strong winds and snow, several cities faced...

December 12, 2019

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Earthquake swarm starts at Reykjanes volcanic system, Askja swarm still in progress, Iceland

An earthquake swarm started on Reykjanes ridge, 45 km (28 miles) SW of Reykjanes, Iceland, around 12:00 UTC on November 16, 2019. As of early November 17, the swarm seems to be decreasing. The last confirmed eruption at this system took place in 1926 (VEI 0) NE of...

November 17, 2019

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Earthquake swarm under Askja volcano, Iceland

Hundreds of earthquakes have been registered near the Askja caldera, in an area approximately 10 km (6 miles) east-northeast from the rim, at the depths around 5 km (3 miles) over the past couple of days. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1961 (VEI 2)....

November 11, 2019

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Severe blizzard hits North Iceland

Icelandic Met Office issued a blizzard warning for North Iceland on Monday, October 21, 2019. Due to sudden and harsh winter conditions, authorities have strongly advised people to avoid travel through the region until the storm is over. Reports said the north has...

October 24, 2019

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Earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Iceland

A seismic swarm began on October 19, 2019, in Öxarfjörður, Tjörnes Fracture Zone, North Iceland. The swarm is located around 28 km (17 miles) WNW of Kópasker and Icelandic Met Office's (IMO) seismic network has detected roughly 500...

October 22, 2019


Increased seismicity under Loki-Fögrufjöll volcano (Hamarinn), Iceland

Increased seismic activity is taking place under Iceland's Hamarinn volcano, a part of Bardarbunga volcanic system, also known as Loki-Fögrufjöll. The largest earthquakes over the past 48 hours were two M2.8 registered at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles)...

August 14, 2019

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M4.1 earthquake after seismic swarm ESE of Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

A small seismic swarm took place ESE of Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland from June 21 - 23, 2019. The seismicity then shifted NW of the volcano on June 24, with M3.3, M3.4 and M4.1. The Icelandic Met Office has detected numerous small earthquakes from June 19 to 23 ESE...

June 24, 2019

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Earthquake swarm shaking Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Iceland

An earthquake swarm that started in Tjörnes Fracture Zone on Saturday, March 23, 2019 is still ongoing and the number of earthquakes has increased on March 27, the Icelandic Met Office reported 22:40 UTC, March 27. The quakes are located 6 km (3.7 miles)...

March 28, 2019

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Extreme cold, Akureyri receives 105 cm (3.4 ft) of snow in 24 hours, Iceland

Extremely cold temperatures took over parts of Iceland and brought with itself huge amounts of snow. Snowfall was registered in many parts of the country, including capital Reykjavik, today, slowing down traffic and forcing authorities to send out snow plows to...

December 04, 2018

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Huge amounts of gas emanating from Katla volcano, charging for eruption, Iceland

Huge amounts of volcanic gas are emanating from the Katla volcano since at least October 2016, leading researchers to believe this huge volcano under Mýrdalsjökull glacier in Iceland is charging up for a new eruption. The last known eruption of this...

September 14, 2018

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Very large landslide blocks a river near Hitardal, western Iceland

A very large landslide detached from the Fagraskógarfjall massif near Hitardal in western Iceland early Saturday morning, July 7, 2018. The slide blocked a well-known salmon fishing river with mud and rock, almost completely changing the landscape. Although...

July 09, 2018

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Earthquake swarm detected under Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

A swarm of earthquakes has been detected in the northern part of the Bardarbunga volcano caldera, Iceland on June 14, 2018. The sequence includes M4.9, the strongest quake detected since the end of Bardarbunga's last eruption in 2015. The swarm started with a...

June 14, 2018

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Unusual smell detected in ice cave near Öræfajökull volcano, Iceland

An unusual smell was detected in an ice cave known as Kristallinn (Crystal) in Breiðamerkurjökull, Iceland on March 25, 2018. Specialists from the Iceland Met Office are now using equipment to measure for sulfur dioxide and sulfur hydroxide in the cave. ...

March 27, 2018

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M4.1 earthquake hits Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake was registered in the southern part of the Bardarabunga volcano caldera, Iceland on March 21, 2018. The quake hit at 22:56 UTC at a depth of 4.5 km (2.8 miles). It was followed M2.6 at 23:02 and 2.5 at 00:38 UTC, March 22 and half a dozen of...

March 22, 2018

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Intense earthquake swarm at Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm is taking place at Tjörnes Fracture Zone volcano near Grimsey island, Iceland over the past 7 days. More than 1 100 of earthquakes were detected in this region since Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The last known eruption of this...

February 16, 2018

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M3.6 earthquake hits Öræfajökull volcano, the largest on record

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was registered within the caldera of Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland at 05:07 UTC on February 9, 2018 and was followed by 10 aftershocks. This volcano is on Yellow alert since November 17, 2017 when a new ice-cauldron formed...

February 09, 2018