Small earthquake swarm on Reykjanes ridge

Today (4-April 2020) an earthquake swarm took place close to Eldey island. Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of Mw3,3 other earthquakes in this swarm were smaller in magnitude. This earthquake is in the volcano Reykjanes.


Earthquake activity on the Reykjanes peninsula today in the volcano Reykjanes. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

This earthquake activity seems to be part of the inflation that is now happening in this part of the Reykjanes peninsula and now part of the Reykjanes ridge. This is going to continue for a while and I am not going to write about all of this earthquake activity since that would be pointless.

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Over 6000 earthquakes recorded on Reykjanes peninsula since start of January 2020

Latest news from Icelandic Met Office is that more than 6000 earthquakes have been recorded since start of January 2020 in the Reykjanes volcano and this is the most earthquake activity recorded in this area since start of digital earthquake records in 1991. Three dyke intrusion have been identified by Icelandic Met Office and it is my view that the fourth (and fifth?) might be out in the ocean close to Eldey island, due to no GPS measurements being available out in the ocean any dyke intrusion at that location is going to go undetected for a while.


The earthquake activity north of Grindavík town. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

In recent days there have been two earthquakes with magnitude Mw3,0 and Mw3,1. This earthquake activity is going to continue in this area. Inflation as measured so far has reached 60mm to 70mm. Inflation is taking place over a large area and this has started opening up old fissures and changing the pressure and strain in the crust in this area. Resulting in earthquakes as faults move because of the inflation.

Icelandic Met Office press releases

More research is needed to decipher the on-going activity at the Reykjanes Peninsula as a whole
V√≠sbendingar um n√Ĺtt kvikuinnskot √° Reykjanesi (Icelandic, picture)

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Earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge yesterday (28-March 2020)

Yesterday (28-March 2020) there was an earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge. This was a short earthquake swarm at the writing of this article. Largest earthquakes in this swarm had a magnitude of Mw3,5. Total of seven earthquakes happened that were larger than magnitude Mw3,0. Earthquake activity has stopped at the writing of this of this article.


The earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

It is unclear if this earthquake swarm is connected to the earthquake activity north of Grindavík village. It is unclear if this is the volcano Reykjanes or some other volcano at this location (Eldey).

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Earthquake swarm west of Kópasker village

Today (27-March 2020) an earthquake swarm took place this morning east of the village of Kópasker. This earthquake swarm seems to be mostly over now at the writing of this article. Largest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw3,1. Other earthquakes were smaller in magnitude.


Earthquake activity west of Kópasker village (green star). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

This are normal tectonic earthquakes and don’t have any magma activity connected to them. This area of Tj√∂rnes Fracture Zone has been seeing activity in recent months.

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Two strong earthquakes in Reykjanes volcano

Today (25-March 2020) two earthquakes happened in Reykjanes volcano. Largest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw3,1 and the second earthquake had a magnitude of Mw3,9. Other earthquakes were smaller in magnitude but this earthquake swarm seems to be over for now but activity in this area is ongoing and there is no signs that activity is going to stop in this area.


Earthquake activity on the Reykjanes peninsula in the volcano Reykjanes. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Inflation is ongoing in the area around Grindavík village and even if it is slower than in January it has not stopped. This explains the earthquake activity in this area. Activity happens in swarms and it is quiet between swarms. What is interesting is that time between swarms seems to be getting shorter and magnitude of some of the earthquakes seems to be getting stronger. I am not sure why that is.

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Earthquake swarm in Kr√Ĺsuv√≠k volcano

Yesterday (20-March 2020) an earthquake swarm took place in Kr√Ĺsuv√≠k volcano. Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of Mw3,0. This earthquake swarm has stopped as of writing of this article. It is unclear if this earthquake swarm is due to magma activity or just tectonic stresses.


Earthquake activity in Kr√Ĺsuv√≠k volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

There have been earlier earthquake swarm in this same area in recent weeks after the activity at Reykjanes volcano started earlier this year. If that is connected remains a question.

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Increase in earthquake in √ěorbj√∂rn mountain (Reykjanes volcano)

Yesterday (19-March 2020) an earthquake swarm took place close to Grindav√≠k town (√ěorbj√∂rn mountain) in Reykjanes volcano. This earthquake swarm was has several hundred earthquakes and many of the earthquakes were at shallow depth and it is not understood why that was. Largest earthquakes in this swarm had a magnitude of Mw3,0, Mw3,2 and Mw3,3. Other earthquakes that took place were smaller in magnitude. The earthquake swarm seems to be over for now but this activity happens in swarms and how long and how strong each swarm is different.


The earthquake activity north of Grindavík town. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Inflation continues in this area and that is the reason why this earthquake swarm activity happens. What seems to be happening now is that more activity is happening and it is happening over a wider area. At the writing of this article there are no signs that magma is finding a path to the surface.

Geophone website

I have now managed to make my geophone network active again. I had to move the software from (operating system) from Windows to Debian Linux because Windows 10 just doesn’t work for this. In the future I have to move my main computer to Debian Linux but it is going to be a little while until that happens because I need to backup data before I can change operating systems on my main earthquake computer (along with other problems that I need to resolve before this can happen). The geophones that I have up and running can be viewed here.

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Earthquake with magnitude Mw4,2 in Reykjanes volcano

Today (18-March 2020) at 10:32 UTC an earthquake with magnitude of Mw4,2 took place in Reykjanes volcano. This earthquake started a swarm of earthquake that is ongoing at the writing of this article.


The earthquake activity in Reykjanes volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Earthquake activity is increasing again in this area of Reykjanes peninsula as inflation has resumed but at lower rate then before. That might change as the time goes on. I was unable to record this earthquakes because I am having a major problems with my earthquake computers and Microsoft has disabled activation of Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems so I can’t use them. I am working on a solution but it going to take a little time to implement properly.

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Earthquake with magnitude Mw5,2 in √ěorbj√∂rn mountain (Fagradalsfjall mountain)

Today (12. March 2020) at 10:25 an earthquake with the magnitude of Mw5,2 took place in Fagradallsfjall mountain east of Grindavík town (Reykjanes volcano). This earthquake was felt over a wide area. This earthquake appears to be directly connected to the inflation that has been taking place in this area.


The Mw5,2 earthquake in Fagradallsfjalli mountain. This image is free to use if sourced is mentioned.


All the directions of the Mw5,2 earthquake in Fagradallsfjall mountain. This image is free to use if sourced is mentioned.


The earthquake swarm following the Mw5,2 earthquake in Fagradalsfjall mountain. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.


The earthquake swarm following the Mw5,2 earthquake in Fagradalsfjall mountain. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

There is a risk of strong earthquakes in this area and it is going to be a while until it starts to quiet down again. There is at the writing of this article no signs of magma moving towards the crust. It is unclear if that is going to change but no such signs have been detected at the writing of this article.

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Donations needed for March 2020

One of the worst thing with being on social welfare in Iceland (in my current situation anyway) is that my income is low and it doesn’t take a lot to have the situation that I don’t have a enough money to last me the month. This situation has shown it self now in March 2020 and that is why I am now asking for donations to help me deal with rest of the month. I don’t know when the situation is going to start to improve for me on the money side. That might not happen until July or end of the year 2020. I am trying to do my best with the little income that I have and some months that just isn’t enough.

If people can support me this month and possibly more months in the year 2020 it is most welcome. I put a lot of work in this website and try to keep everything updated with all the newest information that I can find and provide. Thanks for the support. ūüôā

Update 23 March 2020

It is now clear that I have to run advertisements on my websites in order to increase my income from this website and not just trust on donations. While Amazon advertisement don’t bring in a lot of income they bring in some payments every few months. I am sorry for this, but trying to keep this website advertisement free has just failed and there is nothing I can do about it.

Update 28 March 2020

Turns out that I have to pay tax in Denmark for November and December 2019. Its not a lot but enough to create problems for April for me. This means that I am going to be rather broke in April 2020 and since I am going to pay the taxes I owe in Denmark in April just to get rid of this tax debt. I might have to pay a little amount next year (2021 for January and February 2020) but that might be easier to deal with I hope. I’ll know about that next year. Please remember to support my work since it helps me getting trough problems like this. I know that a lot of people are going trough hard times now so if you want to support my work just make sure that it is not effecting your fiances personally. Thanks for the support and understanding. ūüôā