Earthquake Frequency in Iceland

Earthquake frequency in Iceland
This photo shows how frequent earthquakes can be in Iceland.

Are there any earthquakes in Iceland? This is a question that I get a lot. The answer is yes, Iceland has a lot of earthquakes.

Iceland has on average 60 earthquakes a day. That’s on average which means that some days there is a lot more and some days a lot less. But 60 it is and most of them are below 3 on richter. Most of them are so weak that we don’t feel them when they happen. That’s a good thing.

Sometimes Iceland has stronger earthquakes but usually not more than 5 on richter. The thumbrule is that there is supposed to be one strong earthquake (6-7 on richter) every 100 years on the south coast. Iceland has had 3 earthquakes like that for the last 20 years.

The photo above shows recent earthquakes on the Reykjanes peninsula. It’s geologically a very interesting area with a lot of lava, volcanic systems, tectonic plates, earthquakes etc etc. The Moon-Like Nature tour is ideal to do if you want to see and know more about that. 

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