Earthquakes Pepper Capital Area - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Earthquakes Pepper Capital Area

Published February 28, 2011

A string of earthquakes in the southwest of Iceland were felt throughout the capital area yesterday, the largest one measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale.
As can be seen on the website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the tremors were centred around the Krýsuvík area, a geologically volatile region known for its numerous hot springs. Anecdotal reporting indicates the first tremors were felt by people in the capital area around five o’ clock Sunday morning, and continued sporadically throughout the day.
For most living in the capital area, these tremors were minor, akin to the sensation of a large truck driving very fast by your building, and lasting no more than a few seconds at a time.
At the epicentre, though, as Krýsuvík is sparsely populated, it is highly unlikely that there were any injuries, and no property damage has been reported.


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