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The ground continues to shake

01.03.2021 - 08:33
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 Mynd: Grímur Jón Sigurðsson - RÚV
The earthquake swarm that began shaking southwest Iceland on Wednesday morning continues, with more seismic activity so far today than yesterday; including a Magnitude 4.9 quake at around 01.30 this morning.

Kristín Jónsdóttir, Met Office natural disasters specialist, told RÚV news this morning that there have been more than a thousand measurable earthquakes since midnight, compared to around 800 by the same time yesterday morning. The seismic activity is still centred around Fagradalsfjall and Keilir mountains.

"Now we're going over the quakes and monitoring where they are. Also whether the activity is moving at all. Then we will also receive a new satellite picture today and also all sorts of tip-offs about various things, some that are connected to the quakes and others not," Kristín said. "For example, we were tipped off about a smell in the water in Hafnarfjörður that turned out to have nothing to do with this, and also a gas smell in Reykjavík that seems to have been connected to experiments on the university campus."

Vegagerðin (the Road and Coastal Administration) has confirmed cracks on Grindavíkurvegur and Suðurstrandavegur roads on the Reykjanes peninsula which Kristíns says probably are caused by the action of the earthquakes, though not by cracks in the ground beneath the road surface.

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