Minor earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge

During the night of 26-May-2018 a minor earthquake swarm took place on the Reykjanes ridge. This earthquake swarm looks tectonic in nature. Only few earthquakes happened this time around and overall this earthquake swarm was small in number of earthquakes.

The earthquake swarm on Reykjanes ridge (yellow dots). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

The largest earthquakes in this swarm had a magnitude of 3,0. Other earthquakes had a magnitude of 2,0 – 2,8. Due to distance from the SIL network there is a good chance that more earthquake activity happened then was recorded by Icelandic Met Office. There is a good chance of more earthquake in this area on the Reykjanes ridge in next few hours to days. That has been a pattern for earthquake activity on the Reykjanes ridge in recent years. It might not happen but it remains a possibility.


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6 Replies to “Minor earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge”

  1. Considering the information above, it is assessed that Öræfajökull volcano is currently not posing an imminent hazard to aviation. Hence, the Aviation Color Code is downgraded from Yellow to Green.

    However, given the recent unrest at Öræfajökull, visitors to the area should be aware that localized hazards are still possible. These hazards include unexpected glacial flooding, gas pollution and landslides that could occur without warning. Note that the uncertainty phase declared by the Icelandic Civil Protection and Emergency Management remains in force.

    The Icelandic Meteorological Office monitors Öræfajökull, and all other active volcanoes in the country, 24 hours a day. Any changes will be communicated immediately via standard channels.

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