From Iceland — RVK Newscast 160: A Mysterious Explosion

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Art Bicnick

Welcome to RVK Newscast from The Reykjavík Grapevine. Editor-in-chief, Valur Grettisson (and his Chief Morale Officer, Pollý) are in Hvalfjörður to discuss a strange explosion that was recorded in the area, as well as the latest on Covid passes and Icelandic sports news.

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Residents of Hvalfjörður were bewildered by the sound of a large explosion last night (19th January). The activity caused a tremor of magnitude 1.0, confusing scientists at the MET office, as seismic activity in the area is very rare. The mysterious explosion turned out to be connected with the local smelting plant, and was explained by the unusually calm weather, which meant it was detected much further away than normal.

Finally, in sports news: world renowned Icelandic footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson has had his bail extended after allegations of having sex with a minor in the UK. And at least five members of the Icelandic Handball team have contracted COVID-19 after their match in Hungary.

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