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A mountain range in Vatnafjoll was the epicentre of a 5.2 magnitude earthquake on Thursday. Iceland’s meteorological office said that tremors were felt in Reykjavik, more than 100 kilometres away.

In a statement, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said in a statement that “the earthquake was felt widely in southern Iceland and the capital area”.

News24 reports that Geophysicist Pall Einarsson told public television RUV that the quake and its many aftershocks were not caused by magma movements and were not a sign of an impending volcanic eruption.

The area is sparsely populated, but no injuries or damage were reported.

The area isn’t too far from Iceland’s Hekla volcano. Hekla is one of the most active volcanoes in the country located at 1 491 metres above sea level. Its latest eruption happened back in 2000.

Image credit: Sky News


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