“Nature always surprises us”
Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, a natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Met Office, monitored the MBL’s webcam with her colleagues during the night’s watch. They thought it might be a volcanic eruption. However, no unrest was detected by Sigríður. A Coast Guard helicopter flew over the area, including a representative of the Meteorological Office, but the occurrence was found to be a bush fire.
According to Sigríður, the fire was burning next to one of the old hiking routes to Fagradalsfjall. No seismic activity had been detected in those areas. “It would have been weird, but nature always surprises us.”
Sigríður says the seismic activity overnight has been relatively calm. “Little tremors were still many and from time to time and then at half past six a bigger one.” That quake had a magnitude of 4.6 and originated 3.4 kilometres southeast of Fagradalsfjall.
Sigríður reports that officials at the Meteorological Office are closely monitoring the progress of the seismic activity at Reykjanes peninsula.