Increased Seismic Activity Near South Iceland Volcano

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09/03/2010

After decreasing seismic trends in the past days, earthquakes are growing in strength and number in the area around Eyjafjallajökull glacier, which covers an active volcano, in south Iceland.

Eyjafjallajökull and the farm Thorvaldseyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

This morning between 6:40 am and 7:30 am 40 to 50 earthquakes were measured, the strongest of which rated higher than two points on the Richter scale, mbl.is reports.

At 8:12 pm an earthquake hit measuring 2.4 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter is at a depth of seven to 12 kilometers, northeast from the summit crater.

According to the Icelandic Metrological Office the seismic activity around Eyjafjallajökull seems to be returning to earlier trends.

On Friday a volcanic eruption watch group assembled to prepare for a potential eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Since then the tremors subsided but now they seem to be picking up speed again. The volcano last erupted in the mid-19th century.

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