Ten thousand earthquakes have occurred in the Atlantic country Iceland since last Wednesday and the tremors are still continuing. In the extremely rare event, the fastest earthquake was felt up to the capital Rekyaweek. Its intensity measured 5.7 on the Richter scale. No one has been injured in these tremors. According to Professor Benedict Haldorsen at the University of Iceland, earthquakes have continued continuously since Wednesday and there was only a brief respite on Friday morning. It is difficult to say when the earthquake will stop.
People are safe despite working from home due to Coronavirus because caution is being taken in advance of the possibility of earthquakes. People do not keep large cupboards or heavy items near or above their chairs or beds. According to Professor Benedict, after a big shock, there are gradual low-intensity tremors. The energy released into the earth is released through these aftershocks. Any country will tremble due to so many earthquakes, but Iceland has actually got used to it.
How to face so much shock?
Benedict has said, ‘For us, it is a daily thing. We live in the middle of an earthquake zone. This means that we have to be ready for a setback. Keeping the earthquake in mind, we build the most strict buildings in the world and we learn in school what to do if there is an earthquake. ‘ However, according to Trine Daal-Jenson, Senior Researcher at the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), it is a rare occurrence for many here to suffer such a setback.
Iceland is special
Trine says, ‘There is an earthquake habit but it is strange nonetheless. It happens once in many years. ‘ He praises Iceland for its scientific accuracy. They have many small stations from which shocks are detected. Iceland falls into a zone where two continental plates move away from each other. On one side the North American plate pulls America away from Europe, on the other hand, the Eurasian plate in the other direction. Iceland has a crack named Silfra Rift which is visited by tourists and dives in large numbers.