Iceland Struck by Almost 4000 Earthquakes in Span of 24 Hours

The Iceland Meteorological Office reported Monday that almost 4,000 earthquakes had struck Iceland since Saturday.

As of Monday, data indicated 104 earthquakes above magnitude 3, while shaking with magnitudes 3 and below have reached 3,224. 

The surroundings of the Fagradalsfjall volcano have felt earthquakes since Saturday. A 4.7-magnitude earthquake hit an area east-northeast of Fagradalsfjall at 6:27 a.m. on Monday, and another 3.1 struck the region at 12:11 p.m. Areas around Fagradalsfjall continued to experience tremors on Monday, with few-minute intervals.

Geologist and former Member of Parliament Ari Trausti Guðmundsson said that magmatic eruptions might have caused the earthquakes.

The National Police Commissioner has declared an uncertainty level for civil protection, reviewing the country’s response preparedness amid the threats to the public’s safety.

The Iceland Meteorological Office has warned the public of possible rockfalls and landslides because of the continuous tremors.


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