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Earthquake at Blue Lagoon doesn't bother guests: "only a minor tremor"

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  • Eldvörp craters The earthquake took place midway between the Blue lagoon and the Eldvörp geothermal area. Photo/GVA

Guests at the Blue Lagoon felt a mild shaking at 24 minutes past ten in the morning, as a magnitude 3 earthquake hit the volcanic system west of the lagoon. According to the National Broadcasting Service RÚV the quake was felt clearly by guests inside the visitor center and restaurant, while those in the lagoon barely felt a thing. RÚV reports that the guests at the lagoon felt the tremor only added to the quality of the experience.

Read more: Tearing us apart: Why is Iceland being hit with hundreds of earthquakes every week?

A geologist with the Icelandic Meteorological Office told RÚV that the tremor is part of a longer seismic episode which has included a number of smaller quakes in the area. The epicenter of yesterday's quake was only 3 km (1.9 miles) from the lagoon. Its epicenter was at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles).

Reykjanes peninsula, where the Blue Lagoon is located, is the most geologically active region of Iceland. Earthquakes are very common in the area. Yesterday's tremor is not considered out of the ordinary, and is not seen as an indication of growing volcanic activity.

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