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A powerful earthquake swarm hit Reykjaneshryggur, the part of the North Atlantic Ridge which rises from the sea at Reyjanes peninsula in South West Iceland. Three 3+ quakes have been detected since yesterday afternoon. The more powerful quakes were followed bya swarm of a dozen smaller quakes. A total of 22 quakes and tremors have been detected on Reykjanes and on the Reykjanes peninsula in the past 48 hours.
According to the seismic monitoring system of the Icelandic Meteorological Office two sharp quakes, 3 and 3.2 on the Richter scale were detected at 17:21 yesterday afternoon, one 40 km (25 mi) SW off the SW tip of Reykjanes peninsula, the second 35 km (22 mi) further to the south west. A third powerful quake was detected shortly before midnight.
The area is known for high levels of seismic, geothermal and volcanic activity. The quakes took place near Eldeyjarboði, a skerry which is believed to be the remnants of a volcanic island which was formed in a 1783 eruption off the coast of Reykjanes. The island disappeared back into the ocean before the Danish king managed to claim it for the crown.
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