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Fredrik captured the quake on film: “Like an explosion”

Fredrik Holm has lived in Reykjavik for almost 20 years, and is thus at odds with the ground shaking. When he and his colleague Amy Clifton found out that an earthquake was underway, they decided to move from Reykjavik to the Reykjanes peninsula, where the quake was strongest.

He describes how they just passed a slope to look at rocks that collapsed when the earthquake came.

– It was as if an explosion hit the ridge. Everything came towards us. The first thing I thought about was to go back and try to start the camera, says Fredrik.

Measured in tens of thousands

Fredrik had expected an earthquake around 5.0 on the Richter scale, but the earthquake that came was much stronger than that and measured 5.4. The quake was thus the second strongest measured since the earthquakes started in Iceland on 24 February.

Since then, the Icelandic Meteorological Institute has counted the quakes in the tens of thousands. Most are small, but even the heavier ones are many. In the first week alone, around 30 earthquakes measured over 4 on the Richter scale.

Icelandic geologists are now following developments closely for concerns about even stronger earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Fredrik Holm in Reykjavik says that he is more curious about the earthquakes than he is disturbed by them, but there are those who have been hit harder.

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– People who live in Grindavik can not sleep and do not relax because it rumbles and vibrates all the time. People have had seasickness symptoms due to the quake, says Fredrik.

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