This is a short update for the earthquake swarm in Herðubreiðartögl on the 9-May-2014.
For the past 24 hours there has been drop in activity and no earthquake has been over magnitude 2,0. Activity continues but a lot lower levels then before. It does not look like it is over at this point, but the end of this soon to be seven day earthquake swarm in this area.
The earthquake swarm in Herðubreiðartögl as it was today. It can be seen that earthquake activity was at lot lower levels today then yesterday (08-May-2014) or the days before that. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.
This can also be seen in the tracer on Icelandic Meteorological Office website. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.
This drop in activity can also be seen in drop in the harmonic tremor plots in Askja. Fewer earthquakes means less earthquake related noise on the harmonic tremor plot (2-4Hz blue line). Not all of the activity that appears here is from Herðubreiðartögl, some of it is from SISZ and Reykjanes ridge activity. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.
The drumplot from Icelandic Meteorological Office also show this drop in activity. Some of the activity that appears is from Reykjanes Ridge. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.
None of this earthquake activity is strong enough to appear on my geophones. Since earthquakes at Herðubreiðartögl need to be at least magnitude 3,0 or larger to appear clearly on my geophones. My webicorders website can be found here, it shows all earthquakes that are taking place in Iceland and are large enough to appear on it. Its mostly earthquakes larger then magnitude 3,0 that are currently taking place (when this written).
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Updated at 20:11 UTC.
The earthquake swarm that has been taking place on the Reykjanes Ridge for the past few days did increase today (09-May-2014). The largest earthquake had the magnitude of 3,6 with the depth of 15,6 km. So far around 70 earthquakes have been recorded in this area. The earthquake swarm is taking place in area considerable distance from land and next populated area, so it might not be felt at all.
The earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes Ridge. Green star marks the magnitude 3,6 earthquake. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.
The magnitude 3,6 earthquake on the Reykjanes Ridge as it did appear on my Heklubyggð geophone. This image is released under Creative Commons Licence. Please see CC Licence page for more details.
It is difficult to know for sure what is taking place on the Reykjanes Ridge. There are clues this might be due to magma movement at depth, possibly dike intrusion. So far there are no signs of eruption taking place at this location at current point in time. It is possible to see any earthquake that takes place (at least large one) here on my webicorder website. It is also possible to see earthquake activity in Iceland at Icelandic Meteorological Office website.
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Yesterday (8-May-2014) a magnitude 3,9 earthquake took place in SISZ (South Icelandic Seismic Zone). This earthquake was felt over all of south Iceland, no damage took place following this earthquake. This earthquake appears to have been on N-S fault in SISZ. Only few minor aftershocks took place following this earthquake. I don’t know why that is and this lack of aftershocks is interesting.
The star marks the magnitude 3,9 earthquake in SISZ. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.
The earthquake in SISZ as it appeared on my geophone station in Heklubyggð. This image is released under Creative Commons licence. Please see CC Licence page for more details.
It is possible to see any future earthquake activity here on my geophone station at Heklubyggð. The geophone station at Böðvarshólar is not updating due to failed 3G transmitter the area that I use to connect that geophone station to the internet. I hope it gets fixed soon. People can also used the website of Icelandic Meteorological Office to watch for any future earthquake activity in SISZ.
Update 1: According to Icelandic Meteorological Office this earthquake took place on a fault that had a magnitude 7,0 earthquake in the year 1784, on 14-August that year. More details can be found here, the text is in Icelandic.
Updated at 12:43 UTC on 9-May-2014.
Updated at 12:56 UTC on 9-May-2014.
Today (9-May-2014) at 23:15 UTC a strong earthquake took place in SISZ. Exact magnitude is not clear at this moment, but the magnitude of 4,0 is wrong in my view based on how this earthquake appeared on my geophone. This earthquake was felt in south Iceland and in the capital area. I am going to post updates on this earthquake once I have the details.
The earthquake can be seen here along with all the aftershocks that are going to take place.