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Volcanic tremor stopped

05.03.2021 - 10:39
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 Mynd: Einar Rafnsson
Einar Bessi Gestsson, natural disasters specialist with the Met Office, says the tremor, or pulse, of volcanic activity under the Reykjanes peninsula appears to have stopped, but that seismic activity continues.

Three earthquakes stronger than Magnitude 3 have occurred since midnight. There were quakes of Magnitude 4.2 and 3.7 yesterday evening. 

The scientific council will meet at lunchtime today to analyse the latest data and assess the situation. 

The risk of a volcanic eruption starting within hours, as the situation appeared on Wednesday, now seems to have passed. 

Geologist Helga Kristín Torfadóttir yesterday told RÚV English that it is not surprising to see levels of activity under the peninsula drop. She says an eruption still remains very likely, even if the seismic activity dies down for some days or weeks. 

For now, there is no volcanic eruption in progress, the number of larger earthquakes has dropped, and only the one road (Route 428) closest to Keilir and Fagradalsfjall is closed. 

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