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The World Is Shaky

CNN reports on the latest area affected: Iceland rocked by earthquake

(CNN) — An earthquake shook southern Iceland on Thursday, reportedly causing injuries and damaging roads and buildings.

The 6.1 magnitude temblor struck about 3:46 p.m. (11:46 a.m. ET), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was about 50 km (31 miles) east-southeast of the capital, Reykjavik, and was about 10 km (6.2 miles) below the Earth’s surface.

It was unclear exactly how many people were injured or the severity of their injuries, Olli Tynes, a journalist with Reykjavik’s Channel 2, told CNN.

A hospital in a town near the epicenter was also reported damaged, and some wings have had to be evacuated, he said.

There were no reports of fatalities, but “great material damage,” Tynes said. Roads and bridges in the area have been closed.

Iceland is seismically active and buildings are constructed with earthquakes in mind, but it is an island and there’s no place to go when it starts shaking. It is also a good ways away from outside help.


1 Michael { 05.29.08 at 6:32 pm }

It’s all connected, of course. Seismic activity in any part of the world creates waves that travel all the way around and through the earth.

2 Bryan { 05.29.08 at 9:16 pm }

Actually, most of the action in Iceland is related to volcanic activity that produces all of its geysers, more that the shifts that take place on the fault lines, although, yes the activity can produce measurable effects throughout the world.