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Earthquakes Hit Geysir Area and North Iceland

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Earthquakes Hit Geysir Area and North Iceland

Geysir - Strokkur

Strokkur erupts at the Geysir geothermal area. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

In addition to the seismic activity at Bárðarbunga volcano and the Holuhraun eruption site, the Icelandic Met Office has reported earthquakes in other parts of the country over the holidays, including an earthquake sequence 10 km (6 miles) north of the Geysir geothermal field.

The activity was first picked up in the morning of December 22 with minor earthquakes. In the morning of December 25, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit in the area, which could be felt by people living there. Two days later it was reported that the earthquakes were fading out.

Yesterday evening at 11:18 an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 was detected in the ocean approximately 20 km (13 miles) north of Kolbeinsey island near the inhabited island of Grímsey and some smaller followed. Such seismic patterns are common in the area.

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