Nature & Travel

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.

Over 300 Take Shelter in Gas Station due to Storm

Last night 338 people got stuck at the gas station Staðarskáli, just before Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass, Northwest Iceland, on the highway, Ring Road One, connecting North Iceland and the West Fjords with the rest of Iceland, due to bad weather.

Dams in Jökulsá among New Energy Options

The National Energy Authority published a draft of a definition for 23 new energy harnessing options in Iceland yesterday, among them two hydropower plants in glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in Northeast Iceland, upriver from Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Glacial River Clogged by Ice, Floods Road

Glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum started overflowing by the bridge by Grímsstaðir in Northeast Iceland yesterday because of the largest ice jam which has formed in the river since 2010. Water flowed across Ring Road 1 but it remains open.

Canceled Fligths and Terrible Weather Ahead

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning: A strong or severe gale (more than 20-25 m/s) is expected in South and West Iceland tonight and tomorrow morning. Both WOW Air and Icelandair have canceled or delayed international flights.

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