Friday, May 30, 2008


I have been titling my last few blogs with just a figure. So was is 6.1? 6.1 is the magnitude of the earthquake that shook the southwest of the country yesterday afternoon at 15:45. The epicentre was closed to Selfoss.

I already spoke about the numerous daily tremors and quakes in a previous blog. I haven't really felt any but this one now... It's a different story. The interactive picture showing earthquakes on Veð is like a Christmas tree.

Every little single dot is a tremor/quake and this is in less than 24hrs!!! The little green stars represent quakes with magnitudes of over 3 on the Richter scale. Quakes between 6 and 6.9 are considered as "Strong - Can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometres (100 mi) across in populated areas -with frequency of 120 per year in the world"

There hasn't been any casualty, just damage to buildings and infrastructures. Schools are closed today in Hveragerði and Selfoss, which are the closest towns to the epicentre. A long crack has now appeared on road N°1.

Weather outside: Mostly Cloudy, 9°C.

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