Earthquakes in Iceland

In Iceland, earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur rather rarely.

Other natural hazards in Iceland:
The most severe earthquakes in the world

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Earthquakes in Iceland since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Iceland happened on 06/17/2000 in the Vestmannaeyjar, Hella region with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
05/29/2008Reykjavik 6.30
06/21/2000Grimsnes, Selfoss, Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri46 km6.50
06/17/2000Vestmannaeyjar, Hella41 km6.50
01/13/1976Kopasker19 km6.40

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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