Too early to say if swarm is ending

23.06.2020 - 09:45
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The earthquake swarm along the Tjörnesbrotabelt fault in North Iceland continues this morning, but has lost a lot of its power in recent hours. "There has been a reduction in activity last night. Since midnight, 400 quakes have been registered; all under magnitude three," says natural disasters specialist Einar Hjörleifsson.

What does this mean? "It's too early to say whether the swarm is over at this point," Einar says.

There was an earthquake around magnitude four at midday yesterday. "Since then, there have been no quakes over magnitude four. There were around 1,650 earthquakes registered yesterday."

Sveinn Brynjólfsson, an expert on avalanches, rock slides, and mudslides at the Icelandic Met Office, said on RÚV TV news last night that people should avoid steep slopes, cliffs, and scree slopes, as the land continues to move in North Iceland. He flew over the area at the weekend to document land slips.

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