Largest Quakes to Hit Katla Volcano in Decades

August 29, 2016 4:18 PM

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Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.6 and 4.5 hit Katla volcano in Mýrdalsjökull glacier last night, followed by a series of aftershocks. These are the largest quakes to hit Katla since 1977, when a 5.1 earthquake was measured there.

Two earthquake swarms occurred in the Katla caldera last night. The first was picked up around 1:30 am and comprised of ten earthquakes, the largest of which was magnitude 2.4. The 4.6 and 4.5 quakes were part of the second earthquake swarm which began at 1:41 am. The area has been mostly quiet sinc...

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