Series Of Large Quakes Recorded Around Katla - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Series Of Large Quakes Recorded Around Katla

Published August 29, 2016

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A series of large earthquakes were reported early this morning north of the volcano Katla, but there are as yet no indications that an eruption is imminent.

Vísir reports that two tremors measuring 4.5 and 4.6 on the Richter scale were recorded at 1:47 last night, followed by a series of smaller tremors in their wake.

Geologist Gunnar B. Guðmundsson told reporters that while the tremors are large, there is as yet no signs that Katla is erupting. Scientists are however continuing to monitor the volcano.

Katla is one of Iceland’s more powerful volcanoes, and although it does not erupt very often on a human scale, geologically speaking it is considered very active. The volcano has erupted about 20 times since Iceland’s founding, although the last major eruption was in 1918.

The Grapevine will keep readers alerted on any significant developments when and if they arise.

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