A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 struck the Jan Mayen island region, Greenland Sea at 01:49 UTC Nov 9. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
The epicentre was located 119 km (74 miles) NW if Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen and 717 km (446 miles) NNE of Akureyri, Iceland.
There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).
M6.8 earthquake near Jan Mayen Island: transform fault strike-slip earthquake between Norway and Greenland, fairly large event for the region based on historical seismicity https://t.co/oWnF93yfXI pic.twitter.com/yu4osaMqLx
— Jascha Polet (@CPPGeophysics) November 9, 2018
Jan Mayen has felt six earthquakes in the past year.
The island is mountainous, the largest mountain being the Beerenberg Volcano in the northeast — a 2,277 m (7,470 ft) stratovolcano which forms the northeastern end of the island.
Beerenberg has erupted six times between 1732 and 1985. All of these eruptions were on flank vents and produced lava flows and scoria cones.
The most recent eruptions were in 1970 (VEI 3), 1973 (VEI 1), and 1985 (VEI 2).
The largest confirmed eruption was in 1732 (VEI 4) and occurred near the end of the Maunder Minimum.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The global uptick in earthquakes and volcanoes we’ve witnessed lately is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
Check out this link for more info: https://principia-scientific.org/do-cosmic-rays-trigger-earthquakes-volcanic-eruptions/
Grand Solar Minimum
[Featured Image: USGS]