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A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck just west of Lake Kleifalvatn on the Reykjanes Peninsula yesterday morning, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reports.

The quake was felt throughout the metropolitan area, as far as Akranes in the west and Hvolsvöllur in the south.

This was the first quake of considerable magnitude to be felt after last weekend’s series of quakes ended with a fresh eruption at Meradaryl.

In fact, seismic activity has declined over the past week, with only a few hundred small quakes recorded in Reykjanes in the past 48 hours compared to thousands recorded over the weekend. Yesterday’s earthquake, along with active eruptions, is a reminder that the region is still geologically active.

Sigurlaugar Hjaltadottir, a natural disaster expert at the Icelandic Meteorological Agency, told RÚV that tensions from magma intrusions under Fagradalsfjall were releasing around Kleifarvatn. She couldn’t say whether seismic activity would continue.

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