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Seismic activity around Mt. Þorbjörn has decreasing significantly - 4.5.2020

In the beginning of April the uplift in Þorbjörn decreased and, in the second part of the month, it stopped. The area around Þorbjörn is now most likely recovering after the large induced stress, and the injected magma is cooling down and contracting. Along with reduced deformation, seismic activity has decreasing significantly. These data indicate that the injection of magma beneath Þorbjörn has stopped and this second phase of uplift due to magma intrusion can be considered closed. This data was presented during a Scientific Advisory Board, which met on 30th of April to discuss and review the current activity in Reykjanes Peninsula.

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More research is needed to decipher the on-going activity at the Reykjanes Peninsula as a whole - 2.4.2020

On Thursday the 26th of March an on-line Scientific Advisory Board meeting was held to discuss the ongoing unrest in the Reykjanes peninsula. Scientists from IMO, University of Iceland, ISOR and representatives from Civil Protection, HS-Orka, ISAVIA-ANS, and the Environment Agency of Iceland attended the meeting.

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Continued inflation around Mt. Þorbjörn - 19.3.2020

From the most recent crustal deformation measurements, it is now clear that the inflation that occurred in Þorbjörn in January-February has started again. This is confirmed by both GPS and satellite data Scientists from the Icelandic Met Office, University of Iceland and ISOR met Wednesday (18.03) to review the latest data. The deformation is occurring in the same location as before, but at a slower rate. The uplift started in January and halted temporarily at the end of February. The most recent data show that since the beginning of March the uplift is about 20 mm.

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The weather in Iceland in 2019 - 19.2.2020

The year 2019 was warm and the weather was mainly favorable. It was relatively warmer in the South and West but cooler in the North and East. April was exceptionally warm all over the country. It was the warmest April on record in Reykjavík, Stykkishólmur, Bolungarvík, Grímsey, Akureyri and Hveravellir.

The year was rather dry and particularly sunny in the southwestern and western part of the country. The year 2019 was the third sunniest year in Reykjavík on record. It was gloomier and wetter in the North and East. The year was one of the wettest years on record in Akureyri.

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