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Uplift in quake area reaches four centimetres

20.05.2022 - 08:27
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 Mynd: Magnús Lyngdal Magnússon
The land around Svartsengi on the Reykjanes peninsula has risen by four centimetres in a month.

Uprise around Svartsengi, which hosts a geothermal power station, measured 2-2.5 centimetres between 7th and 19th May, according to a satellite image released by the Icelandic Met Office yesterday. The land has risen there by four centimetres since the 21st April.

The magma intrusion that is causing the uprise is at a depth of 4-5 kilometres.  The intrusion is believed to be running horizontal at that depth, west from Þorbjörn hill and under Svartsengi, and is seven or eight kilometres long.

There is no sign on volcanic unrest on the Reykjanes peninsula at this time, though an average of 600 earthquakes are being recorded per day -- though most of them not felt by people.

There was an open meeting for residents in Grindavík last night, where locals could find out more about what is going on under their feet, and ask the experts questions.

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