Large volcanic eruption may shake Iceland, according to scientists, as more than 18,000 earthquakes have hit the area in a little over a week, which probably “show” the awakening of volcanoes.
According to nytimes.com, geophysicists and volcanologists claim that the latest earthquakes are the culmination of intense seismic activity that lasts for more than a year.
Most of the earthquakes, however, are small and occur far from Reykjavik and the surrounding areas, where the majority of Iceland’s 368,000 inhabitants live.
The last A series of earthquakes began on February 24 with a magnitude 5.7 earthquake. and thousands more have followed since.
Yesterday Wednesday (3/3), more than 2,500 earthquakes were measured by the Icelandic Meteorological Agency, while another 800 followed in the early hours of Thursday.
Geophysicists and volcanologists say seismic activity on the island has intensified since December 2019.
Similar earthquakes have been observed before volcanic eruptions in the past with the Icelandic Meteorological Agency warning that an explosion could occur within days or weeks.
One possible cause of the continuous seismic activity according to the service is the magma movements. Dr. Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, noted that of the five volcanoes in the Reykjanes region, magma movement has been observed in at least 3 of them since the seismic sequence began in December 2019.
For his part, Porvaldur Pordarson, a professor at the University of Iceland, told CNN: “We do not care if, but why. Why at this time? Why now; Why is this happening; We see the movement of magma approaching the surface of the earth, but we are not sure if it will reach the level to come out.
According to the Meteorological Service, volcanic activity could occur near Fagradalsfjall, 20 miles south of Reykjavik, or near Mount Keilir.
It is noted that the last volcanic eruption that occurred in Iceland was in the 12th century, while the country is a special case, as it is located on the edge of the Atlantic fault, at the point where the plates of North America and Eurasia are separated from each other.