Earthquake swarm activity increases in Reykjanes ridge volcano

Since early this morning (18-May-2020) earthquake activity has been increasing in Reykjanes volcano. For the last several weeks there has been a deflation taking place in the volcanoes from Krýsuvík (possibly) and to Reykjanes volcano. Such event is to be expected with a rift volcanoes (see Krafla volcano 1980 – 1984 eruptions).


Current earthquake activity in the Reykjanes volcano and Þorbjörn mountain. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Other than this minor activity it has been quiet in Iceland for the last month. This happens regularly in Iceland. This quiet time might last a while longer.

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3 Replies to “Earthquake swarm activity increases in Reykjanes ridge volcano”

  1. Hi Jon, Hope and pray all is well with you. Any news about the Katla Eruption Disaster Exercise? Cannot find a write up about it.

  2. I found the notice on “exercise”, just wanted to read Iceland’s Emergency Management paper on this particular exercise-the “why/purpose/goals” and learned lessons usually found in the After Action Report. Any idea where I can find that?

    1. I don’t track the exercise information or reports about it. What I do know is that they run this exercise because of air traffic and possible problems in connection with it.

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