Seismic Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland

Location:  Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland

Event:  Since July 4, more than 9,300 earthquakes associated with the movement of volcanic magma have been detected between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir on the Reykjanes peninsula southwest of Reykjavik and southeast of Keflavik.  Flight operations at Keflavik International Airport have not been affected.

Icelandic authorities advised people to stay away from mountains and slopes in the area around Keilir, Fagradalsfjall and Kleifarvatn due to danger of rockfall and landslides.  The National Police Commissioner elevated the Civil Protection service level to ensure close monitoring and evaluate preparedness.

The forecast of the Icelandic Meteorological Office noted earthquakes could decrease without magma reaching the surface, or magma could reach the surface anywhere in the region between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir.  A volcanic eruption occurring within days or weeks is considered “more likely,” according to the office.

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U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland
+354-595-2248 (after hours)