Iceland hit with 17,000 earthquakes in the past week — a volcanic eruption could be near

Published March 5, 2021 111 Views

Nearly constant earthquakes have plagued the main population center of Iceland in recent days, and officials warn this could be a sign of an imminent volcanic eruption.

Iceland is no stranger to seismic activity as the island has been formed by volcanic activity due to the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates moving away from each other.

Iceland is home to volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields and occasional earthquakes.

However, the islands are experiencing unusual seismic activity with over 18,000 earthquakes occurring over the past week.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a series of mostly small earthquakes with identifiable main shock is considered a swarm and can be short-lived or continue for days, months or years.

Earthquakes in a swarm happen in roughly the same area and are associated with geothermal activity.




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