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Minor Earthquake Hits Iceland’s Katla Volcano

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Minor Earthquake Hits Iceland’s Katla Volcano

An earthquake of the magnitude 2.7, which epicenter was underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap in south Iceland where the volcano Katla lies, was picked up by the Icelandic Meteorological Office’s sensors on Wednesday evening.

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Mýrdalsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

A total of 75 minor earthquakes hit the Mýrdalsjökull area, 55 of which originated in the caldera itself, Morgunblaðið reports.

Overall, the Icelandic Meteorological Office’s sensors registered 240 minor earthquakes in the country in the past week.

In a period of 20 minutes on Monday evening, ten earthquakes hit north of Tjörnes in Northeast Iceland, close to the island Grímsey, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 3.5 (3.7 in earlier reports).

Click here to read more about the earthquake swarm and here to read more about Katla.

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