- Specifically, the majority of the earthquakes have hit the southwestern region of Reykjanes.
- The largest quake registered with a magnitude of 5.6, according to The Independent.
- “It was the loudest in a swarm that continues to rattle residents in the nearby capital city of Reykjavík and the municipalities around it, where two-thirds of the Icelandic population lives,” according to CNN.
Experts told CNN that earthquakes aren’t rare in Iceland. But there might be a volcanic eruption on the way since there are multiple in that southwestern region of the country.
- “We are battling with the ‘why’ at the moment. Why is this happening? It is very likely that we have an intrusion of magma into the (Earth’s) crust there. It has definitely moved closer to the surface, but we are trying to figure out if it’s moving even closer to it,” Þorvaldur Þórðarson, a professor of volcanology at the University of Iceland, told CNN.
Per The Independent, officials said the Grimsvotn volcano — which is Iceland’s most active volcano — is at risk of erupting because of the recent activity.