In a seldom occurring natural phenomenon, the tiny North Atlantic nation of Iceland has seen a swarm of over 10,000 quakes since last Wednesday, and the tremors are still continuing. While aftershocks are common, this many tremors in a row are a rare occurrence.
Sitting between Europe and North America, the island nation is often hit by earthquakes due to its location between two continental plates that are moving further and further away from each other.
The most violent of them so far have hit the capital area, as the tremors could be felt in the streets and homes of Reykjavik. Measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, it is the most violent earthquake in the country for several years.
Luckily, no one was injured during the quake, despite the fact that many Icelanders are still working at home due to the Corona-virus lock down, especially in urban areas.
Many are still sitting at home and working, but we are used to earthquakes up here. We therefore know that we should not place heavy vases or large stacks of books on shelves above our beds or seats.
Most of these swarms of earthquakes stop at some point. Typically, the most violent earthquake comes first.
It continues for some time with weaker and weaker aftershocks until it eventually dies out. It is about the earth getting rid of the excess energy so that there is balance again.
While a rare occurrence in most parts of the world, earthquakes are a regular phenomenon on Iceland. The country has the strictest building regulations as regards earthquake protection in the world, and we learn in school how to behave when an earthquake occurs.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.