Magnitude 3.8 earthquake in Breinnisteinsfjöll volcano

Earthquake with the magnitude of 3.8 took place in Breinnisteinsfjöll volcano at 19:42 UTC. This earthquake was felt in Reykjavík and nearby area. Many aftershocks have followed this earthquake. Most of them are however below 2.0 in magnitude. There was also pre-earthquake activity before the magnitude 3.8 earthquake did take place. Most of those earthquakes where below 2.0 in magnitude. Last month an earthquake with the magnitude 4.3 took place in this same area. Earthquake activity is currently ongoing with smaller earthquakes for the time being.

Green star marks the place where the magnitude 3.8 earthquake took place. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic meteorological Office.

So far there is nothing to suggests that current earthquake activity is nothing but tectonic. But this area is a riftzone. So there are earthquake swarm often take place there without them being related to any volcano activity in this area. This earthquake swarm appears clearly on my geophone network in Iceland. I am going to continue to monitor this earthquake activity. As more strong earthquakes in this area can take place in the next few hours to days.

Icelandic news about this earthquake activity

Jarðskjálfti upp á 3,8 í Bláfjöllum (Rú
Jarðskjálftar við Bláfjöll (
Jarðskjálfti í Bláfjöllum (Ví
Skjálftinn var 3,8 stig (

Earthquake swarm east of Grímsey Island.

This morning a earthquake swarm started east of Grímsey Island. This is activity in TFZ area that possibly has two active volcanoes (GVP information). This is however most likely just a normal earthquake activity taking place now in this area of Iceland. The largest earthquake in this earthquake swarm was a magnitude 3.1 earthquake that took place at 11:35 UTC.

Earthquake swarm on TFZ. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.

This earthquake swarm might continue for the next few hours. With the possibility of more earthquakes reaching magnitude 3.0 or larger. But it is common for earthquakes swarms in this area to just stop over period of few hours. The largest earthquake in this earthquake swarm was not felt according to the news.

Icelandic news about this earthquake swarm

Jarðskjálfti norðan Grímseyjar (Rú
Jarðskjálftahrina við Grímsey (