On Friday the Scientific Council for Civil Protection said that data from the past 24 hours gives no “indication that magma is moving closer to the surface.”
“During this period, there is not a high probability of an eruption,” the council said while noting that “the situation can change rapidly.”
The government website says there is a “very low” risk to populated areas and critical infrastructure. Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said, “the country is extremely well prepared. Iceland has highly trained, educated and experienced professionals in this area,” Jakobsdóttir reassured. “Most important, the Icelandic public is used to dealing calmly with many different types of natural events related to the weather or geology.”
Meanwhile a Big Quake rocks New Zealand
Thousands of miles away, on the other side of the world, three big earthquakes struck. On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean landing in the Kermadec Islands and New Zealand.
A magnitude 8.1 earthquake near the Kermadec Trench was the last one to hit. It was also the biggest earthquake in the seismic trifecta. The second quake measured at a magnitude 7.4 around 600 miles (950 km) north of New Zealand.