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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Increasing southeast winds amd becoming overcast, 8-15 m/s and light rain or sleet in the S and W parts by morning, windiest on Saefellsnes peninsula. Decreasing precipitation during evening. Munch lighter winds and fair in the NE parts. Light frost in places tonight, later rising temperatures, 1 to 6 deg C by afternoon.
Forecast made 21.10.2020 00:20

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M5.6 at the Reykjanes peninsula - 20.10.2020

At 13:43 today (20th of October) an earthquake of M5.6 occurred in Núpshlíðarháls, about 5 km west of the geothermal area in Seltún on the Reykjanes peninsula. The earthquake was felt widely around the country, especially the southern part of the Reykjanes peninsula and in the capital area, which is some 25 km from the epicenter. At this time over 250 aftershocks have been detected, the largest ones in the period between 15:27 and 15:32. The largest was of M4.1, other earthquakes between 3.0 and 3.8. There are no signs of volcanic unrest in the area.

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The Aviation Color Code for Grímsvötn changed from green to yellow - 30.9.2020

The Icelandic Met Office has changed the aviation color code for Grímsvötn volcano from green to yellow. Volcanic activity at Grímsvötn has been gradually increasing over time as indicated by several regularly monitored geophysical and geochemical parameters that are now above the known background level.

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Update on the activity in the Reykjanes peninsula - 23.7.2020

Since the intense seismic swarm started in Fagradalsfjall on the 18th of July, the activity has been slowly decreasing over time. The acquisition of recent satellite images enabled mapping of new surface deformation in the area associated with the sequence of large earthquakes which occurred between the 18th and 20th of July. The satellite data processing clearly shows a deformation signal corresponding to approximately 3 centimeters of movement along a NE-SW oriented fault in the region of Fagradalsfjall.

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An earthquake swarm in Fagradalsfjall - 20.7.2020

On 19th July at approximately 01:30 a.m. a seismic swarm commenced in Fagradalsfjall. Over 1700 earthquakes have occurred in this region since. The largest event occurred at 23:36 yesterday evening with a magnitude (M) of 5. Two other events greater than M4 occurred early this morning at 05:46 (M4.6) and 06:23 (M4.3), respectively. In addition, 22 earthquakes greater than M3 have occurred since midnight. Felt earthquakes have been reported by local residents as far Akranes in the west and Vík in the east. The seismic swarm is still ongoing with similar intensity.

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A strong earthquake swarm offshore North Iceland - 22.6.2020

A strong earthquake swarm started on 19th of June offshore North Iceland, NE of Siglufjörður. Three earthquakes above M5.0 have occurred since the swarm started. On 20th of June a M5.4 earthquake occurred at 15:05 and a M5.6 at 19:26. Both these earthquakes were located around 20 km NE of Siglufjörður. The largest earthquake of the swarm occurred on 21st of June at 19:07 and was M5.8.

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The Civil Protection Scientific Advisory Board meets to discuss the status of Grímsvötn - 19.6.2020

The meeting reviewed activity in Grímsvötn in the past months and discussed measurements made in and around Grímsvötn in early June. While seismic activity has been increasing over the past year, in June it was still lower than in the months leading up to the most recent eruptions in 2004 and 2011. Measurements of land deformation show that land continues to rise since the previous eruption with no significant changes in the last year. The biggest measurable change was that sulfur dioxide (SO2) was detected close to the last eruption site. SO2 emissions give a strong indication of magma degassing.

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Sea ice around Iceland

Ice in the ocean around Iceland has mostly arrived from afar.

It comes here from the Denmark strait, which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean, between Iceland and Greenland. Sometimes the ice comes directly from north to the northeast corner of Iceland, but all the ice comes from the same source: the East-Greenland current which flows from the Arctic Ocean due south along the east coast of Greenland, passing northwest Iceland.

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