Over 2500 earthquakes last week 

Last week, 2520 earthquakes were recorded in Iceland. After all, the country is a volcanic island, and it could be assumed that many volcanic areas or volcanoes are getting ready for action. Last week, most of the earthquakes were around the mountain Herðubreið, north of Askja and south of Mývatn, including the largest earthquake ever recorded in the region, which was 4.1 in magnitude. Askja is one of the biggest volcanic areas in the country, it last erupted in 1961. Herðubreið is in that eruptive belt. The biggest earthquakes of the week, over 3 or bigger according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, which monitored the country were in Reykjanes, at Herðubreið, and north in Grímsey. Hekla, Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull, and Katla in Mýrdalsjökull were somewhat quieter than the previous week. Where it will erupt next, it is impossible to say, it could even erupt in two places at once, but volcanologists believe that Iceland is going into a volcanic period, after a fairly quiet last 100 years.

Will it erupt around Herðubreið?

Calm view of Mýrdalsjökull and Katla

Hekla seen from Þórisvatn

Gunnuhver at Reykjanes

Ísland 2020-2022 : A7C, A7R IV – FE 1.2/50mm GM, FE 1.8/135mm GM, FE 2.8/90mm G

Photographs & text : Páll Stefánsson