Earthquake with magnitude of Mw7,8 in Turkey

Today (6. February 2023) at 01:17 UTC an earthquake with magnitude of Mw7,8 took place in south Turkey. Damage is to be expected in this type of earthquake. This earthquake was felt over a wide area. Because of high electric price, I’ve been unable to run my seismometer in Denmark and I did not record this earthquake for that reason. At this magnitude this earthquake was recorded all over Europe in professional and citizen science seismometers.

EMSC information can be found here and USGS information can be found here. Links can stop working without warning.

Increase in larger earthquakes in Katla volcano (there’s no risk of eruption)

This might not be anything at the writing of this article. Since there’s little earthquake activity in Katla volcano at the moment, its well below background noise. Over the last several months I’ve noticed an slight increase in larger earthquakes in Katla volcano, this might not mean anything, but I do not remember having seen this type of pattern in earthquake activity in Katla volcano before. Currently the earthquake activity is almost none and that means that for now there’s no risk of an eruption.

Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the caldera shown as a elongated circle inside the glacier on the map from Icelandic Met Office. In the central caldera, there's a red dot showing the newest and largest earthquake of today.
Minimal earthquake activity in Katla volcano today (3. February 2023). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Largest earthquake today (3. February 2023) had a magnitude of Mw2,7. This is what has been happening in recent months. This one or two earthquakes that are slightly larger than what I consider normal. There’s a chance this might be normal and nothing more is going to happen, but for now, it is impossible to know for sure what is happening.

Iceland Geology YouTube channel

I’ve made the chose to start Iceland Geology channel. This is going to allow me to upload geology information in video format. How that is going to evolve is unclear, but I am going to work on this slowly over the next few years.

Iceland Geology YouTube channel can be found here. I have uploaded few videos, but since the channel is just recently in use I am still going trough verification process with YouTube. That limits my number of uploads until those are lifted. Since I am for now just uploading older videos that I’ve recorded in last few years.

Information for webicorders (online again from May or June) and e-mail postlist signup website are now under Iceland Geology menu option.

Earthquakes far off the coast on Reykjanes ridge

Yesterday (30. January 2023) had two earthquakes with magnitude Mw3,2 far off the coast on the Reykjanes ridge. Only one smaller earthquake was detected. Distance from the SIL network makes detection of smaller earthquakes is impossible or really difficult.

Two green star in the far left side of the image, one more close to the bottom of the image. Reykjanes peninsula on the right top part of the image.
Earthquakes on the Reykjanes ridge yesterday. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Besides this earthquake activity, it remains quiet in Iceland. Bad weather has also been blocking detection of earthquake activity for the last two weeks.

Magnitude mb5,2 earthquake in Central Mediterranean sea, south of Malta

Today (30. January 2023) at 19:55 UTC (20:55 CET) an earthquake with magnitude of mb5,2 took place south of Malta in Central Mediterranean sea. According to reports to EMSC, this earthquake was felt in Malta. Damage is unlikely because of distance from populated areas. This is not the first earthquake in this area and this earthquake activity is what I consider interesting.

Since there’s a slight chance it might be volcano or magma related, but I am not sure on that because I don’t have any good knowledge of this area. There might be a volcano in this area, but for same reasons as before. I am not sure because of my lack of knowledge of this area. Maps, good as they are, don’t show any noticeable features on the ocean floor in this area.

Information about this earthquake can be found here on EMSC website.

Magnitude Mw5,9 earthquake in Iran, close to border with Turkey

Today (28. January 2023) an earthquake with magnitude of Mw5,9 took place in Iran, close to the border with Turkey. According to EMSC reports this earthquake was felt over a wide area. I don’t know if any damage happened, but that is likely if housing is of poor construction. Landslides might also have happened in areas closest to the earthquake.
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Magnitude Mw5,9 earthquake in Eastern Mediterranean Sea

While Iceland is quiet I am going to start writing about earthquake activity around the world. I can’t write about eruptions that are happening globally, because I lack the knowledge to do so. This articles won’t be detailed. Just short information about earthquakes above magnitude Mw5,0 in Europe and earthquakes above Mw6,0 in the rest of the world. I’ll continue to write this articles until the quiet period stops in Iceland.
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Flood risk in Iceland on 20 and 21. January 2023 because of sudden warming after long time period of freezing weather

I normally write about earthquakes and volcanoes in Iceland. This is a little change from that. Starting tomorrow (20 and 21. January 2023) there’s a flood risk in all of Iceland as there’s going to be a sudden warm and there’s a lot of snow and rivers have frozen over in last few weeks in Iceland. There’s a lot of flood expected all over Iceland, along with risk of avalanches from mountains and other snow and rain and water related floods. Travelling might get risky or impossible because of flooding and melting snow.
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