For over 800 years, earthquakes in Iceland have remained quiet but the period of rest has come to an end. More than 18,000 earthquakes hit Iceland in just over a week, leading to scientists to believe that an eruption could be imminent.
In Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, the residents have been rattled by these frequent tremors. “People in Reykjavik are waking up with an earthquake, others go to sleep with an earthquake”, said Thorvaldur Thordarson, a professor of volcanology at the University of Iceland. “There’s a lot of them, and that worries people, but there is nothing to worry about, the world is not going to collapse.”
Since Iceland is situated between the Earth’s two tectonic plates, earthquakes are frequent in Iceland. The current earthquake swarm started on February 24 with a 5.7-magnitude quake, the largest to date, followed by thousand others.