Strong earthquake hits Iceland

Property damaged but no injuries as magnitude 6.1 quake hits near Reykjavik.

    The quake caused some damage to property in  Selfoss but no deaths are reported [Reuters] 

    In Selfoss itself there was severe damage to buildings and dozens of panicked people had poured into the streets, a witness told Reuters news agency.
     
    "Everything was shaking. The glass in the windows shook and everybody was just really scared," said the witness in Reykjavik.
     
    "In Selfoss, where it happened, I heard everything is broken and people are standing outside in the street and everybody is terrified."
     
    Volcanic island
     
    Don Blakeman, an earthquake analyst at the USGS, said: "It looks like a 6.1 or a 6.2. As this part of Iceland sits on the north Atlantic ridge, it's not uncommon for there to be earthquakes."
     
    Iceland, which has a population of 300,000, is a geologically unstable volcanic island in the north Atlantic.
     
    The country's last major earthquake, in June 2000, measured 6.6 on the Richter scale.
     
    It knocked down a dozen houses but caused no serious injuries.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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