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Earthquakes Die Down, Eruption a Possibility

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...

Earthquake Warning Issued for Reykjavík

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.

Earthquake of 4.0 Hits near Reykjavík

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.

Icelandic Red Cross Sends Two More Reps to Nepal

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...

Lots of Work Ahead for Icelander in Nepal Quake Zone

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...

Funds Raised for Nepal Quake Victims

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.

Iceland Allocates ISK 10 Million to Nepal

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.

Earthquake Hits near Reykjavík

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.

Holuhraun Lava Field Thickens Substantially

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.

Earthquakes Hit Geysir Area and North Iceland

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.

Police Officers Alone at Holuhraun Eruption Site

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.

Holuhraun Eruption Calming Down?

Scientists say there is a slight and ongoing decrease in volcanic and seismic activity at the site of the Holuhraun volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has been going on for over three months.