The earthquake swarm which began off Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland on Tuesday evening appears to be dying down; seismicity dropped last night and this morning. Due to heightened activity in volcano Eldey off shore, the level for air traffic was raised to code yellow as a precautionary...
Approximately 200 earthquakes have been picked up by sensors off Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland since around 9 pm last night. The strongest quakes have been about 4.0 magnitude and could be felt in Keflavík and Akranes.
The Department for Civil Protection issued a warning on Friday that heightened seismic activity on Reykjanes peninsula, approximately 60 km (37 miles) southwest of Reykjavík, in the past weeks, may lead to an earthquake of up to 6.5 magnitude in the near future.
An earthquake of magnitude 4.0, which hit at 1:10 pm this afternoon, could clearly be felt in Reykjavík and neighboring communities. The epicenter was 6.7 km (4.2 miles) north-northeast of Krýsuvík on Reykjanes peninsula, an area known for seismic activity.
The Icelandic Red Cross has sent two additional representatives to Nepal following the earthquake there last month. Nurse Helga Pálmadóttir arrived in Kathmandu yesterday and psychologist Elín Jónasdóttir is expected to arrive in the country today. They join Icelandic electrical technician...
An Icelandic aid worker in Nepal says the scale of the destruction there is massive and that many months of rescue, salvage and construction work lie ahead. Rescue workers are only now reaching many of the most isolated mountain villages which were worst affected by the earthquake. Nepal is in a...
The Association of Nepalese in Iceland is among the associations and companies in Iceland raising funds for emergency aid following the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.
Two members of the Hafnarfjörður search and rescue association, Gísli Rafn Ólafsson and Andri Rafn Sveinsson, have been sent to Nepal on behalf of Nethope, the umbrella organization for the 42 largest search and rescue associations in the world.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson decided yesterday to allocate ISK 10 million (USD 74,000, EUR 68,000) to the Red Cross and Red Crescent for humanitarian aid in Nepal because of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the country on Saturday morning.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met this morning with representatives of the Icelandic Civil Protection, the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health to discuss the situation at the Holuhraun eruption site.
The activity in the Holuhraun eruption has decreased significantly in February. While the eruption’s end seems to be near, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson stated a bigger event may be imminent.
Companies involved in tourism in Iceland are looking into whether tours can be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6.4 miles) from the Holuhraun eruption site after the closed-off area in the northeastern highlands was reduced last week.
An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 hit nearly 4 km (2.9 miles) east of Helgafell mountain by Hafnarfjörður, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, at around 8 pm yesterday evening. Residents in Hafnarfjörður could feel the earthquake. Some minor quakes followed.
Comprehensive cross-section measurements of the eruption in Holuhraun taken from the air on December 30 and January 21 show that the lava field has thickened substantially during these three weeks and that the volume of the lava field is now just under 1.4 km3.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection reports insubstantial changes to the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun over the last few weeks. It is still quite forceful. Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga under Vatnajökull glacier continues to be strong.
Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier continues to be strong, but has somewhat decreased, as reported by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection yesterday. The lava flow is still great in Holuhraun.
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.
Continued earthquakes have been reported in Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier over the holidays. Since 12 noon yesterday, three earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and larger have been detected in the volcano, which feeds the eruption in Holuhraun.
The University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences will not send scientists to the eruption site at Holuhraun until January and the Icelandic Met Office’s scientists have not been able to get to the site recently because of impassable roads. The same applies to media personnel.
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