14 cm uprise around Askja

12.10.2021 - 10:38
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Mynd: Vilhjálmur Kjartansson Mynd: Bergur Einarsson og Benedikt G.
Met Office monitoring equipment at Askja shows that the land has risen as much as 14 centimetres since the start of August. The equipment recorded uprise of 12 centimetres by the end of September, when it malfunctioned.

It has now been repaired and further equipment has been installed around the highland volcano; including webcams. Met Office staff are on site at Askja today and tomorrow.

In other news, there was a great deal of seismic activity recorded at Reykjanestá in the far southwest of Iceland last night and this morning. Met Office natural hazards specialist Bjarki Kaldalón Friis says, however, that Reykjanestá is a well-known seismic hotspot and that there is nothing unusual or alarming about the swarm of earthquakes there. 

“It is part of the activity that comes with this area and there is nothing big going on there,” Bjarki tells RÚV—adding that the situation is, of course, being monitored. 

There were around 500 earthquakes recorded yesterday around Keilir—also on the Reykjanes peninsula—and some 200 more since midnight. The biggest was magnitude 1.8. The previous day, there were around a thousand quakes in the area and over 10,000 in two weeks, mostly very small. 

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