Three strong earthquakes in Tjörnes Fracture Zone close to Gjögurtá

During the night (19-July-2020) three earthquakes took place in Tjörnes Fracture Zone on the Flatey – Húsvík fault. Around midnight earthquake activity started to increase on the Flatey – Húsavík fault. The first earthquake with magnitude Mw3,0 took place at 02:54 UTC and the largest earthquake with magnitude Mw4,4 took place at 03:07 UTC and the second largest earthquake with magnitude Mw3,3 took place at 07:05 UTC. More earthquakes with magnitude above Mw3,0 can’t be ruled out and there remains a risk of earthquake with magnitude of Mw7,0 is going to happen in this area.

The earthquake activity in Tjörnes Fracture Zone for the last 48 hours. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

This is the largest earthquake since 8th July 2020 when a magnitude Mw4,2 earthquake took place in this area in the rift valley that is also active during this earthquake swarm. Over 14.000 earthquakes have been recorded since start of this earthquake swarm on 19th June 2020. This earthquake swarm is ongoing at the writing of this article.


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