Similar earthquakes have been observed before the eruption of the volcano in the past. The Icelandic Meteorological Agency said that magma movement may be the reason for the continued activity. The agency warned that an eruption could occur within a few days or weeks.
Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, said: “These two tectonic plates are far away from each other, creating conditions for magma to reach the ground.”
Dr. Einarsson said that since the earthquake erupted in December 2019, at least three of the five volcanoes in the Reykjanas area have experienced magma movement. Add to. “There seems to be some erupting food.”
There are about 30 active volcanoes in Iceland, but volcanologists say that the eruption of Reykjanes will not threaten the inhabited areas of the peninsula. Dr. Sigmundsson said: “We are talking about eruptive eruptions, not explosives.” He explained that lava may emerge with little explosive power.
He added that no activity will be as destructive as the volcanic eruption in 2010, when another volcano in Iceland released a huge puff of ash that caused one of the most severe air traffic disruptions in decades. Millions of passengers have been stranded in Europe for a few weeks.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that volcanic activity may have occurred near Fagradalsfjall, 20 miles south of Reykjavik, or nearby Keilir Mountain. Hundreds of volcano enthusiasts were attracted by the real-time cameras in the area, and a website asked “has the volcano erupted?” to keep them up to date. (As of Thursday afternoon, it still shows “Nei” (No), but the playlist on the website helped ease the wait.)
The Bureau of Meteorology said that, where possible, the ongoing seismic activity in the next few days or weeks may decrease, but the peninsula may also face more earthquakes, up to a magnitude of 6.5.