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2023-07-09, M5.2, Iceland

On the 9th of July at 22:22:57 UTC a M5.2 earthquake occurred in the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland, at a depth of 5km (see map below; the red circle denotes the earthquake epicentre). The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reported that the earthquake was proceeded by a seismic sequence between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir caused by a magmatic intrusion just north-east of the location of the 2021 and 2022 Fagradalsfjall eruptions. According to IMO the intrusion than led to a volcanic fissure eruption that started Monday the 10th July at 16:40 local time.

An eruption in the same area in 2021 saw lava flows and fountaining for months, with hundreds of thousands of people heading to see the volcanic activity. Icelandic Civil Defence said it is dangerous to visit the current eruption area because of gas pollution and people should stay away. The eruption site is located about half way between the capital Reykjavik and the town Grindavik on the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula.

At time of writing the Icelandic airport authority Isavia reported that no ash has been detected in connection with the eruption and there is therefore no impact on air traffic.

The M5.2 earthquake was recorded by seismic stations operated by DIAS in the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see figure below.

For further information about the earthquake see:

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake_information/earthquake.php?id=1526848

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000kr82/executive

Information about the volcanic eruption is available at:

https://en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/earthquake-activity-in-fagradalsfjall-area

https://www.ruv.is/english/2023-07-05-eruption-begins-387050

Map from www.ruv.is, the orange area depicts the extent of the new lava flow at time of writing.
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