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JAYSUS!!! Earthquake!

Just had a major quake! I’d put it at over 5 on Richter.

Still shaking [YT, that is.]

Shouting from nearby apartment.

More anon.

UPDATE: mbl.is reporting two quakes, 2.6 and 3.9 on Richter, unconfirmed. Has to be more. Epicenter near Kleifarvatn lake, on Reykjanes peninsula.

UPDATE 8.30 pm – well, it turned out to be a quake measuring 4 on Richter. Most people agree that it felt bigger, though, possibly because it was so sharp.

Another, smaller, one came at around 7.20 pm.

The earth has been shaking a lot lately here in the south, and still more quakes are expected. The epicenter of these is on the Reykjanes peninsula [the area you drive through on your way into town from the airport]. However, word has it that Hekla could blow at any time now, too, and tourists and hikers are advised to stay away.

Never a dull moment!!

THE WEATHER HAS BEEN VERY CHANGEABLE
Started out sunny and bright this morning, then gradually clouded over and started to rain this afternoon. No rain now, but still cloudy. We’re bracing for a heatwave due to hit us this weekend, with record temps [wOOt!]. Currently 12°C [54F]. Sunrise 2:57 am, sunset 12.02 am.

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  • tk June 25, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Yikes! Everyone okay?

  • Sylvia June 25, 2009, 7:25 pm

    Settle down, have another drink…I just dropped the turkey as it was coming from the oven. Sorry…

  • pikarl June 25, 2009, 8:53 pm

    Iceland has one of the best real-time online earthquake documentary:
    http://www.vedur.is/skjalftar-og-eldgos/jardskjalftar/reykjanesskagi/

    You can find current quakes has they happen – and it seems there was ~5.5 has you said – at least near the epicenter.

  • alda June 25, 2009, 8:58 pm

    tk – sure, everyone’s fine. Just a momentary diversion. 🙂

  • Chris June 25, 2009, 10:49 pm

    It felt much stronger. And there are quite a lot in the last time.
    You like Harry Potter?

  • Chris June 25, 2009, 11:13 pm

    Alda: Can you say more to the Hekla? Are there any special hints on more activity there?

  • alda June 25, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Chris – I’m just basing this on a report I read somewhere very recently … a couple of days ago. On mbl.is I think. There is concern for tourists hiking up the mountain because it’s been nine years since it last erupted and we’re due for another at any time now.

    And no, I’m not a particular HP fan. 🙂

  • SOe June 26, 2009, 2:32 pm

    When was it? I did not feel a thing!

  • SOe June 26, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Okay, just found out at http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/#view=table
    Thursday, 25.06.2009, 19:20:33
    Magnitude 3.8
    4.9 km NE of Krýsuvík

  • alda June 26, 2009, 3:39 pm

    SOe – there was a bigger one at 5.20 pm.

  • Mike Richards June 26, 2009, 4:12 pm

    ‘However, word has it that Hekla could blow at any time now, too, and tourists and hikers are advised to stay away.’

    Oooh do you think you could persuade Hekla to hold on for four or five weeks until my trip to Iceland?

    Though Hekla erupted in 1970, 1980, 1991 and 2000; that’s rather anomalous – before then it was much more capricious. Before 1970 it last erupted in 1947 – the biggest eruption since the settlement, and before then it was a small eruption in 1913.

    When I was in Iceland last year, I asked one of the guys showing me the sights (not that we could see anything through the rain / snow / hail / fog); if he’d seen Hekla erupt. Yes, he had stopped off for some beers, then driven up to a nearby mountain and watched the lava.

    I. am. so. jealous.

  • pikarl June 27, 2009, 3:37 pm

    As I heared from my teachers during the university of Iceland last year Hekla shows several different eruption schemes. This “10 years rhythm” is not as dangerous than a less frequent scheme which occurs much less frequent and less foreseeable. The reason for this are several different types of magma: The less acidic magmas from the mid oceanic ridge and the earth` mantle´s hot spot below Iceland are not that dangerous and [would] lead to Hawaiian type eruptions. But these magmas mix with more acidic crustal magma (molten crust rock) which increase the viscosity.

    Thus the explosivity of Hekla eruptions really depend on the amount of acidic crustal melt in the magma.

  • Mike Richards June 27, 2009, 10:09 pm

    Hi pikarl

    Glad to see someone else here did some geology – hope you enjoyed it!

  • Rozanne June 27, 2009, 10:52 pm

    Glad everyone’s OK. Scary.

  • Jenny June 27, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Glad you’re OK. If Hekla erupts, the weather will get warmer — always look on the bright side! Ciao.

  • Dorothy Gale June 28, 2009, 4:05 am

    Did Kleifarvatn start draining again? Then Arnaldur Indriðason will be able to write a sequel to his latest!