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.
Nature & Travel
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.
Hundreds of dead guillemots were recently found by farmer Gunnar Óli Hákonarson at Sandur in Aðaldalur, North Iceland.
The Association of Rangers in Iceland released a statement yesterday condemning the National Energy Authority’s proposal of new power plants within and on the borders of national parks, and close to popular tourist destinations.
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 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.
A farm similar to those built by Iceland’s first settlers in the 9th century is to be constructed on the land of Selholt in Mosfellsdalur valley outside Mosfellsbær, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, by next summer.
An avalanche fell in the slope above the road Urðarvegur in Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, yesterday afternoon. Two men were caught by the avalanche, one of whom ended up with a fractured arm. The other man escaped unharmed.